What does the star rating mean?

Barnsley Council want to work with landlords who are working hard to provide quality housing within the borough. The star rating system allows tenants to have the choice to choose a property based on the condition and ensure landlords are meeting legal requirements. Once a landlord has registered themselves and their properties, they will be awarded a rating as per below:

5 stars      

This is awarded to exemplary landlords who evidence excellent management of their properties with all legal requirements met.

  • Must be a member of Barnsley RentSmart along with a national or other local accreditation scheme
  • Meet basic legal requirements (gas safety, EPC, right to rent, deposit protection, etc.)
  • Meet advisory requirements (carbon monoxide alarms, Barnsley Standards)
  • EPC rating of D or above
  • Properties must have a cycle store or electric car charging point if possible
  • Properties must be in excellent condition
  • No Council notices to have been served on the landlord during the past 5 years
  • Must attend all landlord events arranged by the council
  • Hold an inspection record for each property with maximum of 12 months between each inspection

4 stars     

  • Must be a member of Barnsley RentSmart
  • Meet basic legal requirements (gas safety, EPC, right to rent, deposit protection, etc.)
  • Meet advisory requirements (carbon monoxide alarms, Barnsley Standards)
  • Properties must be in good condition
  • No Council notices to have been served on the landlord during the past 3 years
  • Must attend landlord events arranged by the council

3 stars    

  • Must be a member of Barnsley RentSmart
  • Meet basic legal requirements (gas safety, EPC, right to rent, deposit protection, fire alarms)
  • Properties must be in satisfactory condition
  • No Council notices to have been served on the landlord during the past 3 years

2 stars    or less

  • Will not be advertised on the website
  • They only meet minimum standards and the Council have recommended improvements

Unrated

  • We always recommend that you rent a rated property however not all properties will be registered with us. If your property is unrated, contact us at landlords@barnsley.gov.uk