The Repairing Standard

Ensuring Habitable and Safe Living Spaces

When assessing a property’s compliance with the Repairing Standard, it must meet the following criteria:

  • Structural Integrity:
    • Wind and watertight, providing a reasonable fit for human habitation.
    • Structurally and externally in a reasonable state of repair and good working order.
  • Utility Installations:
    • Installations for water, gas, electricity, sanitation, heating, and hot water must be in a reasonable state of repair and good working order.
  • Fittings, Fixtures, and Appliances:
    • Any fittings, fixtures, or appliances provided by the landlord as part of the tenancy must be in good working order.
  • Safe Furnishings:
    • Furniture provided by the landlord should be safely usable for its intended purpose.
  • Tolerable Standard:

Fire and Carbon Monoxide Safety

As of 1 February 2022, the provision of warning systems for fire and carbon monoxide has shifted from the Repairing Standard to the Tolerable Standard.

Pre-Tenancy Obligations

Before the tenancy begins, landlords are obligated to:

  1. Conduct a pre-tenancy inspection to identify necessary repairs.
  2. Communicate any required work to the new tenant.
  3. Provide written information outlining the landlord’s duty to maintain the property to the Repairing Standard before the tenancy commences.

Ensuring properties meet the Repairing Standard not only creates habitable living spaces but also promotes the safety and well-being of tenants. For any queries or clarifications, please contact us.