The Housing Standards for Rented Accommodation regulations were recently updated, effective 1st May 2019.
All rental properties must comply with the standards. Failure to comply with the minimum standards can result in penalties and prosecution. Landlords must ensure that their property is up to standard at the commencement of the tenancy and also during the tenancy.
Please click here for Standards.
5 Tips to Help Ensure Landlord Compliance with Housing Standards
- Know your obligations, have a copy of the most recent Standards on file.
- Inspect your property twice yearly – (ensure you get consent from tenant). You need to inspect your property regularly. Tenants don’t always know how to carry out basic maintenance on a property, and often won’t tell you about problems until they leave. Regular checks will give you a good idea about the state of your property.
- Bring a copy of standards with you to an inspection – check them against your property one by one.
- Act quickly. Don’t be tempted to let a problem fester in order to save money. It won’t go away and will just end up costing you more. If any item needs addressing, organise a further appointment and action immediately.
- Good communication with your tenant is key. Give tenants reasonable ways to get in touch with you ensuring you are notified and always aware of any maintenance or repair issue.