Consumers often assume that any property that they stay in is safe and compliant. In reality, this may not be the case, particularly with the boom of the internet and the rise of second room renters. Our assessors are the enforcers of legal standards for the industry, ensuring that businesses have the correct documentation and checks in place, from fire safety to food safety, confirming that the accommodation meets or exceeds minimum standards.
Our checks are annual, robust and objective, rather than personal opinion. It’s this impartiality that makes the scheme so strong.
What's more, in the post-pandemic world of travel, nearly 80% of potential guests expect any accommodation provider that they book with to have an independent accreditation of their standards, and 64% expect the accreditation to include an independent inspection. That makes Safe, Clean & Legal™ more relevant than ever to industry, and thousands of accommodation providers have already signed up. If you want to join them, please register your interest using the form below...
The accreditation is suitable for hospitality operators and accommodation providers, who want to provide guests with reassurance of standards, but for whom quality (star) ratings may not be relevant or applicable. The accreditation works for any business looking to demonstrate their commitment to standards, reassuring potential guests that you have appropriate standards and that they have been inspected by an independent third party.
Our Safe, Clean & Legal scheme™ has been reviewed by Cornwall Council under our Primary Authority partnership. This means that for local authorities across the country there is a system in place where properties that are advertising on shared economy platforms such as Airbnb or HomeAway can apply to be assessed under the Safe, Clean & Legal scheme™. Accreditation under the scheme will help to give confidence in the policies and procedures under which those accommodation providers are operating, with the aim of raising levels of compliance within that area. For Destination Management Organisations who are helping to promote properties to visitors, they can encourage the property owner to undertake a Safe, Clean & Legal scheme™ assessment to help ultimately protect the consumer. Our ultimate aim is to protect the consumer, giving them a badge of confidence to look for when booking accommodation for an overnight stay; whether that is a homestay, B&B, hotel or self-catering establishment. Read more here..
We have been working with partners such as the Short Term Accommodation Association (STAA) to raise the profile and importance of independent verification within the industry. We have written a White Paper regarding the Safety Standards in the Sharing Economy, outlining what consumers think along with a proposed solution. Read more here...
Our Director, Deborah Heather met up with Short Stay Rentalz at the Short Stay Show in Barcelona, take a listen to what she had to say on the changing face of the industry and how we can help.
Safe, Clean & Legal™ inspects everything that a hospitality or accommodation operator needs to do to be compliant with regulation, committed to quality standards and of course safe and clean. It has running since 2018, but has been updated to reflect additional requirements and standards for travel in the post-COVID era.
Safe, Clean and LegalTM is a pass or fail scheme, based against a full list of criteria. Our assessors will offer advice on best practice or improvements where relevant.
We have recently updated the criteria to include specific responses to the current COVID-19 situation to support properties with their processes and procedures surrounding cleanliness and infection control.
You will be asked to upload your Fire Risk Assessment and Public Liability insurance certification alongside your application in order to qualify for a visit. Once the certification has been uploaded, an assessor will arrange to visit in order to accredit your property.