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Repairing Standard Check List

Landlords have a duty to ensure that the property they let meets the Repairing Standard at the start of a tenancy and at all times during a tenancy. This checklist details the Repairing Standard duties and gives examples of what to look out for when doing your pre-tenancy inspection. 
 
The property must be -  wind and watertight and in all other aspects reasonably fit for human habitation. Look for:
  • Holes in ceilings, wall and floors.
  • Signs of water ingress.
  • Signs of damage/rot to sills.
  • Damage to door glass panels.
  • Gaps/rot in the floor.
  • Windows that open and close tightly and are wind and watertight.

The house has satisfactory provision for detecting fires and for giving warning in the event of fire or suspected fire. Check:

  • Test fire alarm/smoke detector.
  • Ensure replacement smoke alarms are hard-wired.

The installations in the house for the supply of water, gas and electricity and for sanitation, space heating and heating water are in a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order. Check:

  • All taps work and that there is hot and cold running water.
  • The heating system works, if the radiators need bled.
  • The toilet flushes and all fittings are functional.
  • Sockets for cracks and scorching.

The structure and exterior of the house (including drains, gutter and external pipes) are in a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order. Look for:

  • Holes in guttering, choked down pipes, plant life.
  • Signs of water ingress.
  • Holes in walls, roof, missing slates, defective masonry.

Any furnishings provided by the Landlord under the tenancy are capable of being used safely for the purpose for which they were designed. Check:

  • All furniture and carpets.
  • Nothing is broken or dangerous.
  • Condition of mattresses etc.

Any fixtures, fittings and appliances provided by the Landlord under the tenancy are in a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order. Check:

  • All appliances work (washing machine, cooker, vacuum cleaner, TV etc).
  • All curtain poles, tracks or blinds are fixed properly.
  • Door handles on all doors.
  • Doorbell and entry-phone system.
  • Shower curtain or screen.
  • Bath and shower seal, look for cracks in bath or shower trays.
  • All locks work.
  • For cracked or missing tiles.
  • Valid Gas Safety Certificate.


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