Avoid getting in hot water over your tenant’s heating with our extensive guide to landlord heating obligations in the UK.
From legal obligations to servicing and maintenance, discover everything you need to know about landlord heating and hot water responsibilities.
As a landlord, you’re required to provide heating to your tenants. Heating can be provided by:
If the temperature falls below 0°C outside, the minimum heating standard is at least 18°C in sleeping rooms and 21°C in living rooms.
A follow-up question we often see is, can a landlord control your heat? This usually depends on who is paying for the heating bills. If it’s the tenants, they have the right to fully control their own thermostat. If, however, the landlord is paying the bills, they may opt to cover the thermostat (sometimes locking it away in a cupboard, for instance).
A lack of hot water is considered a hazard and urgent matter. The landlord’s hot water responsibilities are to ensure their tenants have access to hot water and heating at all times.
It is the tenant’s responsibility to report issues with hot water to the letting agency or landlord. It is then up to the landlord to accommodate and repair.
The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 hot water and heating regulation states: “Landlords must provide and maintain heating and a supply of hot water, with gas boilers and appliances checked annually and electric boilers and heating systems every five years.”
The law requires landlords to carry out an annual inspection and provide tenants with a copy of the Gas Safety Certificate. Each certificate lasts 12 months.
No matter your tenancy agreement, rental properties must have a working boiler that provides both heat and hot water. This can be an electric, gas or combi boiler.
Landlord/tenant plumbing issues can be a source of great stress on both parties. Unfortunately, there are no boiler grants for landlords.
You cannot claim for replacement boilers or blocked drains under HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)’s Wear and Tear allowances.
You can, on the other hand, invest in landlord boiler insurance. Also, as the largest heating and plumbing company in North Lincolnshire, Hales & Coultas offer high-quality repairs and maintenance at competitive prices.
Our boiler installers can install, service and repair all types and brands of boilers. Find out more on our boiler service and central heating care for landlords page. Or, to learn more about our landlord plumbing services, check out our recent case study.