Minimum standards and Safety

Rented properties must meet certain minimum standards set out in legislation. Landlords must also be aware of their safety responsibilities.

Minimum Standards include:

  • The property must be free from damp and in good structural repair.
  • Hot and cold water must be available to the tenant.
  • Adequate heating and ventilation must be provided.
  • All appliances should be in good working order.
  • Electrical wiring, gas and water pipes are required to be in good repair.
  • Facilities for cooking preparation, storage of food and laundry including a 4 ring hob, oven and grill, fridge and freezer or fridge freezer and microwave oven must be provided. (This is not applicable to Approved Housing Body (AHB) tenancies). Click here for summary of AHB requirements.
  • Fire blanket and fire detection and alarm systems.
  • Access to refuse storage facilities.
  • Where there is no access to a yard / garden, access to communal laundry facilities must be provided
  • Additional requirements (see below) from July 2017.

 

Safety and Fire Safety

The RTB wrote to all landlords in August 2017 to update them on the Minimum Standards, including additional requirements put in place from July 1 2017 as set out below, and remind them of their responsibilities for safety, in particular fire safety.

Click here for a summary of the Minimum Standards and Fire Safety Guidance for private landlords.

If you are an Approved Housing Body, click here for a summary of the Minimum Standards and Safety Guidance specific to AHBs.

 

Additional Requirements on Minimum Standards as of July 1 2017

From 1 July 2017, when updated Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2017 were introduced, the additional requirements set out below were included:

  • Windows that are located above a certain height are fitted with safety restrictors, in order to prevent falls.
  • There is a permanently fixed heater in each bathroom/shower room and these heaters are properly ventilated and maintained.
  • Each dwelling contains, where necessary, carbon monoxide detectors and alarms, which   must be suitably located.
  • Efforts must be made to prevent the infestation of vermin and pests.
  • In multi-unit buildings, there must be a fire detection and alarm system, an emergency evacuation plan and emergency lighting in common areas. It is important that fire safety equipment is maintained.
  • Information must be provided to tenants on the property, building services, appliances and their maintenance requirements.