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LL controls (low) heating and bans extra heaters

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ive just moved in to a new HMO, no tenancy agreement. I notice its cold, and LL gives me the house rules which

state no electric heaters – as theyre a fire hazard apparently. He also controls the central heating. Radiator is barely

warm and thats in January. Other tenants have complained to no effect.

LL also insists on 2 months upfront and 1 month paid back on leaving.

His response is, heating is fine. What should i do?


Hi Jon

The Housing Health and Safety Rating System applies to HMOs and this requires tenants not to be exposed excess cold or heat, and says that they should have access to temperature controls to that effect.

In terms of temperatures it says:“A healthy indoor temperature is around 21 ̊C. There is small risk of health effects below 19 ̊C. Below 16 ̊C, there are serious health risks for the elderly, including greatly increased risks of respiratory and cardiovascular conditions. Below 10 ̊C a great risk of hypothermia, especially for the elderly.”

Given that you don’t have access to the controls and if you feel the tempt is less than above then you can complain to your local authority and they can take action against the landlord to force them to remedy the situation.



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