Property Standards

By becoming a member of the Rent it Right Landlord Accreditation Scheme you must agree to comply with the following property standards for every property within your portfolio.

Whilst we appreciate that, there may be exceptions to the rules based on the type of tenancy or property the fundamentals should remain the same. Please contact the scheme supportteam should you require further specific advice on the standards required to meet your individual requirement.

General Conditions

  • The property must be structurally stable with walls, roof, drainage and rainwater goods in good repair
  • The property is in good decorative order
  • The property is free from damp, mould and excessive condensation
  • The property and all outbuildings, gardens, forecourts and boundaries are maintained in good condition, free from rubbish and debris and do not detract from the visual amenity of the local area

Gas Safety

  • All gas appliances must be checked and serviced annually by a Gas Safe engineer.
  • Carbon monoxide detectors must be installed where any gas appliances are within the property, and in addition in any rooms with solid fuels such as coal or wood fires

Electrical Safety

  • A periodic installation certificate is provided at a minimum of 5 year intervals by a competent person.
  • All electrical appliances supplied by the landlord are subject to PAT testing
  • There are adequate electrical sockets, reducing the need for extensive use of extension leads or overloading of sockets

Fire Safety

  • Smoke alarms must be provided on each level of the property in a suitable location as a minimum. Detectors must be either mains powered with battery back-up or battery operated and radio linked.
  • Detectors must be checked at least every 6 months and at a change of tenancy.
  • A fire blanket must be provided in the kitchen.
  • Where appropriate there should be a solid door to the kitchen
  • There should be a straight forward escape route which is kept clear
  • External exit doors to escape route (front door/back door) should be non-key operated from the inside (thumb turn)

In the case of licensed HMOs, where an HMO licence includes a particular condition that is different to a requirement of this accreditation scheme, then compliance with the HMO licence condition will take precedence.


  • All external doors and frames must be resistant to unauthorised entry and of strong construction, well-fitted and in good condition.
  • All windows must be well-fitted, and in good condition. Where window locks are present they should be easily released in the event of a fire.
  • If a rear gate is present if should be lockable and secure.

Prevention of Falls

  • There must be suitable handrails and balustrading to any stairs and steps providing access to the property, or inside the property.
  • Stair treads should be in good repair, and have a non-slip surface
  • Landings, balconies and low windows must be suitably restricted or guarded to prevent falls between levels.

Hygiene, Sanitation and Waste Disposal

  • The kitchen, bathroom and cloakrooms must be easy to clean and keep hygienic with suitably surfaces, floor and wall coverings.
  • Adequate refuse disposal and recycling facilities are provided, in a suitable location.
  • Sufficient number of bathrooms and cloakrooms for the optimum number of occupants, which are suitably located. If the property is an HMO please see amenity level document.

Layout and Occupancy

  • The kitchen is of a suitable size and safe layout for the number of occupants, for storage, preparation and cooking of food.
  • Where shared accommodation bedrooms or bathrooms should not be accessed through a bedroom which is in use.
  • The property layout should be suitable with the type of occupancy, with amenities easily accessible.
  • If the property is located above a commercial property it should have sole access and not via the commercial premises, please seek advice.

HMO and Shared Properties

  • The relevant licence should be applied for. Please check on Portsmouth City Councils website to find out further information on Mandatory, Additional and Selective Licencing.
  • Please note that a basement counts as a level with regards to licencing if it contains any meters or consumer unit.
  • Amenity levels and space standards apply: Single bedrooms must be a minimum of 6.5m² and occupied by no more than 1 person. A bedroom must be a minimum of 10m² where there is no communal living space.
  • The licence and managers contact details must be displayed.

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Aims and Objectives

Code of conduct

Complaints and breaches

Continued Professional Development (CPD)

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