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Poorly insulated bedroom

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Tenant

My housemates bedroom is poorly insulated, it takes us to turn on the heating on full for several hours for it to become a livable temperature condition. It is double glazed, but the roof above his room looks flat and not insulated so all heat is lost. Do we have any rights as tenants?

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Administrator

Hi Ewan

This government guidance on renting a safe home indicates that a property should be heated to between 18°C to 21°C to avoid being classified as excessively cold. If it is excessively cold then you might be able to contact the environmental health department of your local authority and they could compel your landlord to take action to do something about it.

It’s also a good idea to have a look at your tenancy agreement and see what the landlord is obliged to do in terms of keeping your property warm. If the landlord is supposed to be providing warmth and isn’t then they will be in breach of the tenancy agreement. It’s probably a good idea to contact Citizens Advice or a law centre as they will be able to provide you with some next steps if your local authority can’t help.

Alex

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It might also be worth looking into this as you could be able to request the landlord provide further insulation after April this year.

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