Snug is a property inspection standard which is awarded when homes meet the required standard of property and tenancy management, and the landlord is considered ‘fit and proper’.

The scheme is promoted by us, and both universities, as the best way for students to make sure that their home and landlord are approved.

Why Snug has been developed

We know that the majority of student landlords in the city are professional, responsible and work in full cooperation with us.  We think this deserves some recognition, so that students choosing a new home can distinguish between landlords who comply with their responsibilities, and those who possibly do not.

In time, we hope Snug will reduce, or even remove, the market opportunities for those landlords who aren’t willing to meet their obligations.

Apply for Snug

Any properties which landlords want to register and advertise through Sheffield Hallam University need to be Snug approved.  Properties will not be advertised or promoted until they have been inspected.  Existing landlords registered with The University of Sheffield are working towards their properties being Snug.  However, any new properties being registered must be Snug approved .

Applicants should download the Application Form and return it to us via email or post. 

Before applying, we ask that landlords have looked at the Snug standards and are comfortable that they are able to meet them.

When the inspection is complete, and the inspector is satisfied that the property and landlord meets the standard, a certificate is issued to display in the property and both universities are notified.

The Snug inspection lasts for 2 years.

Cost

There is an inspection fee of £50 per property.  This increases to £100 for houses with 11 bedrooms or more.

Licensed Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) that meet the Snug standard are passported with no inspection fee.  If we haven’t carried out an HMO inspection in the last few months, then we would need to re-inspect for Snug (but with no inspection fee).

For larger purpose built blocks:

  • up to 200 bedrooms = £150
  • 201-999 bedrooms = £250
  • 1,000+ bedrooms = £500

There is an additional charge to advertise properties on the Sheffield Hallam University Studentpad website, and to register with The University of Sheffield.  Both additional fees are payable directly to the relevant university.

Snug fees

Snug fees should be paid in advance of the inspection.

You can pay your inspection fee online by debit or credit card.  Credit card payments incur a bank charge of 1.5%.

Provisional Snug approval

We are trialling a new ‘provisional’ Snug approval, primarily aimed at purpose built student accommodation which is still in the process of being built.  Subject to meeting certain criteria, applicants can advertise the property with the universities before it is completed.  Please contact us for more information.