An overview of the changes to the Repairing Standard
Since it came into force on 3rd September 2007, the Repairing Standard has been subject to consistent review, with various amendments having been made to the original piece of legislation. These changes have been implemented to help continuously improve the standard of properties within the private rented sector.
The government has recently announced further changes to the Repairing Standard, which are due to take effect from 1st March 2024. While we still have some time before these changes come into force, it is important to be aware of the requirements to allow adequate time to action any necessary adjustments to your property.
Here is an overview of the new changes:
- Water pipes must be free of lead (where this cannot be ascertained water testing must be carried out to check for the presence of lead piping).
- Electrical installations must be protected by a residual current device (RCD).
- Properties must have a fixed space heating system (a permanent installation in the property which is plumbed or hard wired and capable of maintaining a temperature of 21⁰C in at least one room and 18⁰C elsewhere, when the outside temperature is -1⁰C).
- Installations for fuels other than gas and electricity to be in a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order
- Any common parts pertaining to the property must be able to be accessed and used safely.
- The property must have satisfactory provision for, and safe access to, a food storage area and food preparation space
- Where the property is in a tenement, common doors must be secure and fitted with satisfactory emergency exit locks and a secure entry system.
The government has revised its guidance on all aspects of the Repairing Standard, including these additions highlighted above, more information can be found here.
It is important that we start looking at ensuring your properties are compliant in relation to these changes in advance of it coming into force on 1st March 2024. If you have any questions about how we can assist you with this, please contact our team to discuss further.