In a nut­shell

There are five ways the Gov­ern­ment is rais­ing the stan­dard of rental hous­ing.

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HEAT­ING

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.

IN­SU­LA­TION

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.

VEN­TI­LA­TION

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.

DRAUGHT STOP­PING

Land­lords need to seal up any un­rea­son­able gaps or holes that cause no­tice­able draughts.

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