We work in partnership with Arun District Council to run a district-wide Landlord Accreditation Scheme. 

Accreditation is the recognition that a landlord has voluntarily complied with our scheme standards relating to the condition and management of their properties. To join the scheme a landlords must be a 'fit and proper person', abide by our Code of Good Management and agree to accredit all their properties within the Chichester and Arun district. 

The scheme is free of charge and landlords who join can enjoy a variety of benefits, including financial assistance towards the cost of bringing their properties up to the standard.

Once the council has received your application to join the scheme, an officer from the Housing Standards Team will contact you to arrange an inspection of the property.

Scheme requirements

The following documents will be required for Accreditation;

  • A4 sized sketch plan of the layout of each floor. You must identify the use of each room; location of bath/shower rooms, kitchens, toilets; room number of each unit of accommodation; approx size of rooms; location of heat/smoke detectors, break glass points, control panel, emergency lighting and fire doors ( as appropriate)
  • An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) from a competent electrician
  • Gas Safety certificate(s) for all appliances
  • BS5266 test reports relating to the emergency lighting system (if applicable)
  • PAT report for any appliances supplied

The property will be assessed against a number of criteria including external structure, electrical and gas safety, security, cleaning, facilities, heating, room sizes, decoration, waste disposal, fire safety and energy efficiency, as outlined in the Scheme Handbook. Once accredited, the property normally will remain in the scheme for five years.

Please contact the Housing Standards Team for further advice through accreditation@chichester.gov.uk or phone 01243 534570.

Landlord Accreditation Application form