In a nutshell
There are five ways the Government is raising the standard of rental housing.
Landlords need to provide a heating source in the main living room that has sufficient capacity to heat the room to 18 degrees all year round. The Raise the Standard website has a link to a heating assessment tool that will calculate the capacity of the heater you will need for your living room. Plus the heater has to be fixed – it can’t just get wheeled in for colder months.
Ceiling and underfloor insulation has been compulsory since 1 July 2019. The healthy homes standard builds on current regulations and some existing insulation will need to be topped up or replaced.
Every liveable space – pretty much everywhere but the hallway – needs an openable window or door to let out moisture, and kitchens and bathrooms need extractor fans that vent to the outside.
MOISTURE INGRESS AND DRAINAGE
Landlords need to make sure gutters and downpipes are in good working order. And if there’s a space between the floor and the ground, you also need a ground moisture barrier.
Landlords need to seal up any unreasonable gaps or holes that cause noticeable draughts.