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Housing Health and Safety Rating System (England) | Landlord Responsibility for Repairs and Maintenance (England) | Types of Tenancies (England)

Heating and old skylights with regulated tenancy

14 Jun 2020 | 1 comment

Dear Guild

Have a tenant with a regulated (protected) tenancy.  Property is heated by gas fires in most rooms, but in the winter the temperature drops as low as 12° in the morning before the fires are lit. Is it the landlords responsibility to install central (or other) heating?

The property also has 2 skylights which are very old and in bad condition (probably original, and the property is late 1800’s). Again, is it a landlord obligation to have them replaced?

Many thanks.

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  1. Imported

    27/01/2020 1:22 pm

    Yes, both would be a landlords obligation in our view. Previously, it would probably only have been an issue if the local authority were to inspect and then serve notice. However, from 20 March 2020, the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 will apply to all (including existing) which makes it proactive for the landlord.

    See here for more details: https://www.landlordsguild.com/homes-fitness-for-human-habitation-act-2018/

    guildy

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