What is the Accreditation Scheme?

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 completed application form (and associated certificates) to join the scheme, the application will then be processed and validated. Following this an Environmental Health Officer from the Housing Standards Team will contact you to arrange an inspection of the property.

Benefits of joining the Accreditation Scheme

  • Access to financial assistance to improve properties to the standards set out in the scheme.
  • The status of being publicly identified as a good landlord, including formal certification.
  • Distancing themselves from incompetent or unscrupulous landlords.
  • The business advantage of advertising their accredited status to tenants who place emphasis on good quality and well managed accommodation.
  • Ease of access to, and support from, Environmental Health Officers.

Scheme requirements

The following documents must be submitted (if applicable to your property) as part of the application for Accreditation:

  • An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) dated within the last 5 years
  • Current Gas Safety certificate(s) for all gas appliances, carried out by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer
  • Test reports in accordance with BS5266 relating to the emergency lighting system (if applicable)
  • PAT(portable appliance test) report for any appliances supplied by the Landlord (if applicable)
  • Fire Risk Assessment for Houses in Multiple Occupation - To be carried out by a competent person (proof of competency may be requested by the Council) or a professional Fire Risk Assessor
  • A4 sized sketch plan of the layout of each floor, indicating the following on the plan:
    • Use of room eg kitchen 
    • Room number, if applicable 
    • Heat (HD) and smoke detectors (SD) fire blankets (FB) and any fire control panels and other fire precaution equipment 
    • Emergency lighting (EL) 
    • Fire doors (FD) 
    • Fire doors with self-closers (FD S/C) 
    • Thumb turn locks (TT) 
    • Emergency Egress Windows (EW) 
    • Approximate room size in square metres

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.

How to submit an accreditation application

Please ensure that you have the required documents relating to your property before starting the application.

Landlord Accreditation Application form