Examples of the Hazards the team will investigate in dwellings
- Fire safety for any particular property varies depending on size, layout, and occupancy (external link).
- Guidance on Fire Safety, particularly HMOs (external link)
- A Fire Risk Assessment (external link) is required for HMOs
Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning - Gas, Solid Fuel and Oil Safety
- How to spot CO poisoning symptoms (external link).
- Every year about 30 people die from CO poisoning (external link) caused by appliances and flues which have not been properly installed or maintained.
- Most landlords have a duty to ensure that appliances, fittings and flues provided for tenants’ use are safe (external link).
- Check the Gas Safe Register (external link) or find a Gas Safe registered installer.
- Considering the relatively small number of solid fuel users (external link), there is a high occurrence of CO incidences from solid fuel. Annual checks must be carried out.
- Oil appliances (external link) also require correct servicing.
- Landlords must ensure that the electrical system and any electrical appliances supplied (external link) with the letting such as cookers, kettles, toasters, washing machines and immersion heaters are safe to use.
- There should be an adequate number of sockets:
Room Type Minimum No. of Sockets Living rooms 4 doubles Dining rooms 2 double or 1 double in the dining area of a kitchen / dining room Double and twin bedrooms 3 double Single bedrooms 2 double Kitchen Not less than 3 double sockets above worktop level in addition to those at fixed appliance positions. Halls and landings Further single sockets are required Under-provision of power sockets can lead to dangerous overloading of circuits with adapters and excessive use of trailing flexes and extension leads. Above are the minimum number recommended in the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (external link).
- Around the home visual checks (external link)
Damp and Mould Growth
Heating and Energy Performance
- An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) (external link) is required for most rental accommodation
- Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (external link) will come into force for new lets and renewals of tenancies from 1st April 2018 and for all existing tenancies on 1st April 2020. It will be unlawful to rent a property which breaches the requirement for a minimum E rating on an EPC.
- If a bedsit/bedroom is within a HMO that does have an EPC, then the Regulations will need to be complied with before the bedsit/bedroom can be rented out.
- If your accommodation is too small for your household you may be considered to be living in overcrowded conditions.
- If you would like further information on overcrowding contact Housing Standards.
General Repairing Advice
- Use a contractor who is listed in the Competent Persons Register (external link)