What is checked and why The requirements of the Codes are a combination of standards established in law good practice guidelines procedures to reduce misunderstandings between landlords and tenants The Codes set standards in ten categories: general equality and diversity before occupants move in during the occupancy health and wellbeing health and safety occupant satisfaction at the end of the occupancy complaints disputes To join one of the Codes accommodation providers fill in a declaration form stating that they agree to comply with the terms and conditions of the relevant Code. They also provide a list of all of the large developments that they manage and control. They then undertake self-assessment questionnaires in which they assess how well they think they meet the various standards across the ten categories. A sample of the provider’s property portfolio is then inspected by an independent verifier who checks that the provider’s claims square with reality before full accreditation is granted. Verification visits focus on three key aspects: the property’s physical condition, how it is managed and customer satisfaction. Click here for a more detailed account of how standards are checked through self-assessment and verification. Once membership of a Code has been granted, a member’s compliance is tested periodically through further verification visits. Serious cases of non-compliance can result in suspension from the Code or even membership being withdrawn. Members are also required to complete new self-assessment questionnaires every three years.