Attention Landlords! New Minimum Standards For Rented Residential Accommodation

Author:Mr Kevin Hoy, Jamie Fitzmaurice and Rachel Carney
Profession:Mason Hayes & Curran

New standards for rented residential accommodation will come into effect on 1 July 2017 with the introduction of the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2017. We summarise the new obligations imposed on private residential landlords by the regulations. 

Landlords of residential houses, including flats and maisonettes, are already obliged to comply with the minimum standards set out in the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2008 and Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) (Amendment) Regulations 2009. The Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2017 (the "2017 Regulations") will come into operation on 1 July 2017 and will replace the existing regulations.

The existing minimum standards are retained in the 2017 Regulations but the regulations set new minimum standards in a variety of areas.

Structural Condition

The 2017 Regulations will increase the extent of the landlord's obligation to keep the rented property in a "proper state of structural repair". In particular, the 2017 Regulations make it clear that the obligation relates to both the internal and external parts of the dwelling.

The full obligation is to ensure that the property is "sound, internally and externally, with roof, roofing tiles and slates, windows, floors, ceilings, walls, stairs, doors, skirting boards, fascia, tiles on any floor, ceiling and wall, gutters, down pipes, fittings, furnishings, gardens and common areas maintained in good condition and repair and not defective due to dampness or otherwise."

The 2017 Regulations will introduce specific obligations to install safety restrictors on windows more than 1,400mm above external ground level and require the landlord to make efforts to prevent infestations of pests and vermin.

Sanitary Facilities

Landlords will be obliged to ensure that sanitary facilities are in "a safe condition" in addition to the existing obligation to keep them in good working order.

Heating Facilities

The 2017 Regulations will require that all houses contain suitably located carbon monoxide alarms. The obligation to provide effective heating appliances will now apply to all rooms including bathrooms or shower rooms but excluding kitchens having a floor area of less than...

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