Maintaining standards of repair for private rented properties
Private landlords have a legal responsibility to ensure that a rented house meets a legal standard of repair called the Repairing Standard. Tenants are supported to ensure that their landlord is maintaining the property to the appropriate standards.
The Repairing Standard outlines the following rules for privately rented properties:
- The property must be wind and water tight in all other respects reasonably fit for people to live in.
- The structure and exterior (including drains, gutters and external pipes) must be in a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order.
- Installations for supplying water, gas and electricity and for sanitation, space heating and heating water must be in a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order.
- Any fixtures, fittings and appliances that the landlord provides under the tenancy must be in a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order.
- Any furnishings that the landlord provides under the tenancy must be capable of being used safely for the purpose for which they are designed.
- The property must have a satisfactory way of detecting fires and for giving warning in the event of a fire or suspected fire.
Who must comply with the Repairing Standard?
Every landlord who is required to register as a private landlord must comply. A letting agent may rent a property on behalf of a landlord but the landlord is still responsible for complying with the Repairing Standard.
Tenants have a right to refer matters to the Private Rented Housing Panel if they have notified their landlord of a problem and it is not attended to satisfactorily or there is a disagreement over whether or not there is a problem. This panel has the power to make a landlord carry out work necessary to meet the Repairing Standard.