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Fitness for Human Habitation Act 2018: Q&A briefing May 2019

An amendment to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 that requires all landlords (private and social) to ensure that their properties, including any common parts of the building, are fit for human habitation at the beginning of the tenancy and throughout.

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Electrical safety

This guide covers social landlords’ responsibilities for electrical safety, including communal areas, such as, entrance halls and foyers, lifts and stairwells, corridors and landings, as well as external areas, such as parking and refuse areas.


Communal - Heating

The European Commission is currently developing tools to assess the cost-effectiveness of individual heat metering. As a consequence the Government has updated its guidance (see above) advising that no further assessments need be carried out and that the requirement to retrofit heat meters will not be enforced until the new tools are available.


Oil-fired appliances

Flues, Chimneys and air supply should be installed in accordance with relevant standards and should be properly maintained.


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