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Greetings. I was wondering what the minimum temperature the heating should be kept at. My landlord tus the heating up to 15 in the moing and in the evening and tus it off the rest of the day, which results in the house being cold.

I found this: which talks about minimum temperature of 18 in bedrooms and 21 in living rooms, but only if outside temperature is less than -1?

I was wondering if anyone knows what the law says regarding this.


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Excess Cold


The most vulnerable group is all persons aged 65 years and over.


This is by far the most likely hazard to affect a dwelling.  For example, the hazard score for a pre-1946 property will on average mean that a category 1 hazard exists and action by local authorities is mandatory.


There are 40,000 excess winter deaths in the UK each year associated with the affects of cold. It is not hypothermia, but respiratory and circulatory diseases in the elderly which is responsible for most of these deaths. ‘The increase in deaths from heart attacks occurs about two days following the onset of a cold spell, the delay is about five days for deaths from stroke, and about 12 days for respiratory deaths.’


Lack of heating also causes increased illness, increased risk of falls, as well as distress and discomfort. Inadequate heating is directly linked to ill health when the internal temperatures start falling below 19°C.  It is essential that occupiers be provided with adequate and controllable (preferably central) heating within their accommodation.


British Standards state that a minimum standard of heating is a fixed space-heating appliance to each occupied room. It should be capable of efficiently maintaining the room at a minimum temperature of 18°C, in sleeping rooms, and 21°C in living rooms, when the temperature outside is minus 1°C and it should be available at all times. The adequacy of loft insulation and cavity wall insulation is important and would be considered as part of any HHSRS assessment, as would significant draughts.



This is what I have found as well, but it only says what it should be if there is -1 outside, what about i.e. 2 degrees like now?


If you’re in a House of Multiple Occupation then this might also help Essentially it says that tenants should not be exposed to excess cold or heat, and that they should have access to temperature controls to that effect.

I’m assuming that the heating cost is paid by the landlord which is why they are at the controls?

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