Earlier in October, we published two articles to help Landlords know more about dealing with Damp & Mould and to learn more about the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill.
This article helps us understand about the effects of Excess Heat & Excess Cold.
The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill isn’t far away from being passed into law and this will incorporate the Human Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS). There are 29 hazards on the HHSRS list, all of which properties have to adhere to in order to be judged fit for human habitation. Two of those hazards are Excess Heat & Excess Cold.
Landlords are responsible for:
1. Keeping in repair and proper working order the installations in the dwelling for the supply of water, gas, electricity and for sanitation (including basins, sinks, baths and sanitary conveniences)
2. Keeping in repair and proper working order the installations in the dwelling for space heating and heating water.
What you can do to keep your rental property in good order.
- A healthy indoor temperature is usually defined as around 21 degrees Celsius
- Carry out gas safety checks on an annual basis (this is a legal requirement)
- Annual servicing of boilers when gas safety checks are being performed is highly recommended. It is wise to be well prepared before winter sets in
- Maintain radiators and “bleed” them when necessary
- Make sure the property is well ventilated
Do you need some guidance for Landlords and property-related professionals? Click here for further details https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/housing-health-and-safety-rating-system-guidance-for-landlords-and-property-related-professionals
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