Time to renew your Nottingham Code membership

22/06/2020

The new Nottingham Unipol Code cycle starts on the 1st of August 2020

Current members of the Code are encouraged to renew their membership now.

It's important to maintain continuous membership to continue to receive the NCC licencing fee discount awarded to accredited landlords and managing agents.

There will no longer be an extra grace period so please ensure you have renewed or joined the Unipol Code by the 1st of September 2020.

The Unipol Code is well recognised by students in Nottingham. Being a member will develop your reputation as a pro-active and dedicated landlord. The Unipol Code badge will also show students that your standards are more than just the legal minimum requirements.

Code Changes

After a thorough review and consideration of feedback from Code landlords, changes to legislation and best practice there have been several changes to the Code document. The full set of updated standards can be seen here.

These are listed below:

  • Where CCTV cameras are fitted, they can only be located in the communal entrances/hallways of properties and on the exterior of buildings and not within dwellings. Any usage of CCTV cameras must comply with relevant data protection legislation and give due regard to tenant privacy and entitlement to freedom from unnecessary intrusion;
  • For inclusive energy, the division of responsibility and any “fair use caps/limits” for energy use must be accurately reflected in the terms of the letting agreement;
  • Landlords must comply with the Homes (Fitness for Habitation) Act 2019;
  • Landlords comply with the Tenant Fees Act 2019;
  • Front door locks must comply with the updated British Standard BS3621 and when they are replaced they must meet Sold Secure Diamond Security Measures Standard SS312 or TS007:2012 3 star rated;
  • Where windows have a low sill height (with a bottom opening area below 1,100mm from floor level), window restrictors/safety catches should be fitted. The restrictors should prevent the windows opening more than 100mm, but must be easily removable without the need for a key if the window is an emergency means of escape;
  • Landlords must take all reasonable measures to ensure that properties are let and remain vermin free throughout tenancies. Where vermin issues arise, the landlord must take reasonable steps to provide appropriate vermin control using professional pest control services where necessary. Premises and tenants should be managed to prevent any accumulations of waste that might form sustenance and harbourage for vermin;
  • The Unipol Fire Safety requirements are designed to meet (as a minimum) and generally exceed that of minimum legal requirements and LACORS guidance. Some changes are have therefore been made to ensure that the Unipol Code corresponds with NCC and LACORS standards. In addition there have recently been some changes to the main BS5839 and the Code has been updated to reflect this. There were also some gaps in the Unipol Code (for example there was no specified standard for bedsits) and these gaps have been filled with suitable standards.

 

Procedural Changes

As part of the verification process, landlord will be required to complete an online test to check their understanding of the Code standards. This will need to be completed within the first 6 months of membership and we will send you the link once the forms are received.

Fees

Landlord fees contribute towards 25% of the costs for running the Unipol Code including administration and inspections. Unipol, the institutions and Nottingham City Council are responsible for the remaining costs. The fees have had a small inflationary increase for membership in 2020 - 2023.

Please click here to view fees for the 2020-2023 Code cycle.

Note on the Discount on HMO Licensing by Nottingham City Council

Nottingham City Council have confirmed the following:

In order to claim the Accredited fee the application must meet either of the following eligibility criteria at the time of application:

a. Applicant Landlords must be:

  • the proposed Licence Holder; and
  • hold either full accreditation status with DASH or Unipol at the point that the licence application is being made; and
  • hold the Unipol or DASH accreditation status for the duration of the licence granted.

b. Applicant Managing Agents shall:

  • be the proposed Licence Holder or the Manager on the application.  The qualifying Managing Agent must be responsible for the management of the whole property; and
  • hold 100% accreditation with Unipol at the point that the licence application is being made; and
  • maintain their Unipol 100% accreditation for the duration of any licence period granted; and
  • must be a member of one of the following professional associations – such as CIH, RICS, ARLA.

How to Re-join the Unipol Code

If you are ready to renew your membership, please login to your dashboard on the Unipol website and click "Pay for Code Membership". This is the preferred method and the easiest way to re-join. Please do not click 'renew my membership' as this relates to advertising fees.

Alternatively, you can register and pay in person at the office or post by cheque, or by post. Please contact Matt Allison, Codes Administrator and he will send you the required documentation m.allison@unipol.org.uk or 0113 205 3417.

We really hope you continue being a valuable member of Unipol and improving standards in student accommodation.