Private accommodation

If you are a University of Derby student looking for private accommodation, we recommend that you rent a property that is let by an accredited landlord.  

The University of Derby operates an accredited private landlord scheme in conjunction with DASH and we only advertise properties that belong to this scheme.

Finding an accredited landlord

DASH Landlord accreditation logo

Accreditation provides students with the reassurance that a landlord and his/her property has met the University's agreed minimum standard for private rented accommodation.  Landlords who complete our accreditation show a commitment to providing good quality accommodation. 

DASH (Decent And Safe Homes) Landlord Accreditation is an award winning accreditation scheme that encourages and rewards good property standards and management practice in the private rented sector.  As DASH's vision says:

We want everyone to have the opportunity to live in a safe, warm, secure, stable, good quality affordable home environment and to have a choice about where they live. 

Choosing one of these landlords will give you peace of mind on the quality of accommodation you have chosen. In addition, the university will support you if any problems arise. Therefore with DASH, you can be sure of:

  • peace of mind
  • good quality accommodation
  • a well managed landlord service
  • a decent and safe home
  • assistance if you run into any problems.

Information about properties let by landlords in this scheme can be found here.

  • Make sure the landlord is accredited with DASH
  • Don't feel pressurised to find next year's accommodation in too much of a rush. Deciding who you want to live with is just as crucial, so think things through before you commit
  • Remember you will need a budget for untilities eg, gas, electricity and water unless your tenancy agreement states that these are included
  • Check the property has adequete security ie window and door locks and also that sufficient fire precautions have been considered
  • Complete an inventory before you move in and and keep your own copy so you know exactly what has been provided and what condition it's in. This may be useful if there are any disputes
  • Check that you understand all of your contract BEFORE you sign it. Read it thoroughly and only sign it when you are sure you are happy with it. The contract is legally binding and the landlord is under no obligation to release you from the tenancy if you change your mind or withdraw from university.  You will remain liable for the rent, even if you never move in
  • Confirm that your housemates are committed to moving in before you sign the contract, otherwise you may be liable to pay their rent if they drop out. Again, check the wording of your contract very carefefully to see if this is the case
  • Don't forget that if all residents within a dwelling are full time students, you should be exempt from paying Council Tax
  • Make sure your deposit is protected. Landlords are now legally required to protect your deposit in a deposit protection scheme and they must notify you where your deposit is protected.  If your landlord/agent does not mention this, make sure you ask.
bedroom in a privately rented house.
Promote your property through the DASH scheme

Landlords:The benefits of joining the scheme.

Joining the DASH accreditation scheme will give you an advantage in an increasingly competitive market place:

How to get accredited

Landlords find out more about how to apply, how much it costs and how it works.  

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Fees are based on the number of properties a landlord owns.

  • For one to five properties the cost is £150.
  • For six to eleven properties the cost is £300.
  • For twelve to twenty properties the cost is £600.
  • For twenty plus properties, a price will be determined on application.

The scheme runs annually from 1 August until 31 July the following year. Payment is due on 1 August 2018 but payments will be accepted until 31 August.

  • A percentage of all properties rented under the DASH Accreditation Service are inspected to ensure they offer a satisfactory level of health and safety and assistance is offered, where necessary, to address any issues found.  In addition you will be required to complete information online with DASH. 
  • Accreditation offers the private rented sector a means of self regulation, that is to say DASH accreditation is not an enforcement body.
  • Once your property/ies are registered, you will be required to upload information about them, including relevant safety certificates on to the private housing website.

Three easy steps:

1.  To join the scheme simply pay the fee here 

2. Then apply to be a member here. You'll be asked to agree to the DASH terms and conditions, so please read them carefully before you agree.  Please note the DASH website is out of action until 1 August but will be up and running after this time. 

3. Once you have completed steps 1 and 2, you can advertise your property here.

If you require more information about our accrediatation scheme call the team on 01332 594111.