Amenity Standards for Privately Rented dwellings
Heating and insulation
Each unit of living accommodation in a home in multiple occupation (HMO) or Shared House should be provided with adequate thermal insulation and a suitable and effective means of space heating so that the individual unit can be economically maintained at a reasonable temperature.
Efficient heating is defined as:
- any programmable gas or oil central heating system; or
- electric storage heaters linked to Economy 7 (or similar) low-cost energy provision; or
- warm air systems; or
- under floor heating systems; or
- programmable LPG/ solid-fuel central heating system; or
- similarly efficient heating systems which are developed in the future.
- all heaters must be securely fixed in position and fully controllable by the tenant
- electric storage heaters must be hard-wired into a dedicated and adequately rated fused control switch
- all habitable rooms and bathrooms should have a heating provision capable of raising the temperature of the room to 21°C and maintaining that temperature when the outside temperature is -1°C
- communal areas should have a heating provision capable of raising the temperature of the areas to18oC and maintaining that temperature when the outside temperature is -1°C
- portable heating appliances such as electric fires, convector or fan heaters, paraffin oil and LPG (bottled gas) should not be provided by the landlord or used by the tenant.
- loft spaces should be insulated with 270mm depth of glass fibre insulation or equivalent
- windows should be of sound construction and well-maintained as to be draught-proof and water-tight
- the front and rear doors to the main HMO building should be well-fitting, of sound construction and well-maintained as to be draught-proof and water-tight
- where possible landlords should consider insulating the wall cavity of the building where a cavity exists