From 1st December 2022, landlords in Wales must comply with The Renting Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) (Wales) Regulations 2022. The new regulations are designed to ensure that private and social rented properties in Wales are fit for human habitation, including the provision of an adequate Fire and Carbon Monoxide alarm system.
The legislation places an obligation on the landlord to ensure that their property is fit for human habitation from the beginning of the tenancy and throughout.
Within the new legislation, there are 29 matters and circumstances which determine whether a rental property is fit for human habitation, examples including damp and mould growth, excess cold and heat and electrical hazards.
The updates significantly affect the requirements for Fire and Carbon Monoxide alarms within rental properties.
The guidance also outlines the obligations placed on a landlord to ensure a home is fit for human habitation from the beginning of the tenancy and throughout.
Damp and mould growth is one of the 29 matters, and includes house dust mites and mould or fungal growth. Both are caused by dampness and/or high humidity which are influenced by:
Preventive measures are important in combatting damp and mould, responding proactively in affected areas before conditions worsen.