propertywithUS Registration Scheme
propertywithUS, operates a comprehensive private sector registration scheme for student rental properties in Sheffield. It has approximately 5,000 beds currently registered as private accommodation for letting to students.
Before a property can be registered, it is inspected by a member of staff to ensure that at the time of inspection it complies with a number of specified standards including the Physical Property Standards of the Sheffield Landlord Registration Scheme.
Landlords with new offers and those with existing registered properties are required to confirm that the following standards are maintained on an annual basis for each of their registered rental properties:
All gas appliances and/or flues have been tested for safety at intervals of not more than 12 months by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Fixed Electrical Wiring/Installation
All fixed electrical wiring/installations have been inspected and tested within the last five years.
Furnishings and Furniture
All upholstered furniture complies with The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations, 1998 as amended S.I 1993 No.207.
Sheffield Landlord Registration Scheme
Rental accommodation must be in compliance with the Physical Property Standards and the Management and Tenants Code of Practice of the Sheffield Landlord Registration Scheme (with the exception of Resident Owners and those properties which are registered under Mandatory Licensing).
HMO Mandatory Licensing
Those properties to let which require registration under HMO Mandatory Licensing must be registered with Sheffield City Council.
Resident Owner Accommodation
Battery operated smoke alarms are required on each communal landing ceiling where accommodation is provided on the second floor.
Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme
If a property is rented using an assured shorthold tenancy agreement, the deposit must be safeguarded with one of the government approved tenancy protection schemes within the required timescale.
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
If the property is let on a single tenancy (i.e. to a group of students on a joint tenancy) an EPC must be available for prospective tenants to view.