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What standards can you expect as a tenant?

What minimum standards should you expect?

Generally the minimum standard for any room, flat or house that is offered for let is:

  • that it is provided in good repair and in a clean condition
  • that it has sufficient space for the number of occupants
  • that it has sufficient clean furniture and fixtures/fittings as described for the letting (if let as part/fully furnished)
  • that it is free from hazards that may harm the health, safety or well-being of any person
  • that there is sufficient shared facilities for the occupants who use them
  • the tenant is provided with a written contract/tenancy agreement
  • the tenant is provided with a pre-tenancy inventory so they know exactly what is provided (for deposit return purposes)
  • there is a current Gas Safety Certificate
  • there is a smoke alarm on each floor
  • there is a carbon monoxide detector if the house has a wood/coal burner or fire
  • that the property is well managed
  • the tenant is provided with a copy of the 'How to Rent' booklet