About RRWC

Reading Rent with Confidence is an accreditation scheme operated by Reading Borough Council and aimed at working with the Private Rented Sector to improve the quality, standard of property conditions and management of the sector. The RRWC Scheme encourages landlords and management agents to voluntarily work with Reading Borough Council to achieve this.

The RRWC Scheme has a set criterion which landlords and managing agents needs to demonstrate that they meet all elements of to achieve accreditation under the scheme.

For further information regarding the criteria, please see the detailed criteria



As a valued member of the RRWC Scheme, you benefit from:

• Free advertisement and promotion of your vacant properties on the Scheme’s website

• Recognition that you are a landlord providing a high standard of accommodation

• Market advantage over the un-rated landlords/ letting and management agents when attracting new tenants

• Use of the RWC logo on business documentation

• Provision of a certificate to promote and provide proof of your membership to the Scheme

• Access to support and advice from HMO professionals within Reading Borough Council

•  Alternative Dispute Resolution via Trading Standards Professionals within Reading Borough Council

• Landlord/ Letting and Management Agent forums and training sessions

• Access to discounts from participating companies

• Inspections of properties to offer advice on standards and ensure that they meet the Scheme requirements

• Regular promotion/advertising of scheme via social media, radio,

We are working hard to bring more benefits to the scheme.

Property Criteria
  • Properties in very good decorative repair and modernised
  • Must attain C & D criterion of the Decent Homes Standard
  • EPC minimum of standard ‘E’ in specified property
  • Fire/Heat/Carbon monoxide detectors to be fitted and checked annually
  • Provide adequate storage for refuse and recycling & share relevant waste and recycling information with all tenants.
Landlord Criteria
  • Member of a Landlord Accreditation / Association Scheme
  • Regular recorded property inspections
  • Target response times for emergencies and other requests
  • Must carry out Right to Rent checks
  • Provide How to Rent guide
  • Meet a fit and proper person test
  • Required landlord insurance to be in place
  • All HMO Management Regulations to be complied with
  • All applicable Consumer Protection Regulations to be complied with
Management Criteria
  • To provide, if possible, long term tenancies (e.g. 2 year tenancies)
  • No rental increases within fixed term tenancies (12 months or less)
  • Written Assured Shorthold Tenancy’s for all tenants
  • All tenants’ applications considered prior to the financial affordability procedure
  • Gas/ Electrical certificates provided to tenants (and Local Authority on request)
  • Written and recorded inventory for check-in and check-out
  • Charge maximum deposit up to a maximum of five weeks in accordance with the Tenant Fees Act 2019
  • All deposits must be protected

Landlords/Agents, apply for RRWC today (it's FREE!)