So, what is the Fitness for Human Habitation Act?
The identification at a visual inspection, the status of a property and identify if a hazard is low risk, at risk or non-compliant with the Act and to report and advise the managing agent or landlord of the risk.
Fitness for Human Habitation Act; Summary of Hazards;
- The building is in a good state of repair
- The building is stable
- There are no visual serious damp problems with the property
- The internal layout of the property appears safe
- There is enough natural light to the property
- There is sufficient ventilation to the property
- There is cold and hot water to the property
- The toilet and other drainage to the sink, bathroom area are in working order
- There is sufficient area within the property to prepare, cook food and clean up
The Inventory clerk will conduct a visual inspection of the property in respect to the Act, based on the hazard list as summarised above. Please note this is an inspection and not a full risk assessment of the property. Execpm Limited will not be held liable for any hazards which are identified or occur after the tenancy commences.
A summary of checks carried out by Execpm Limited where possible, include, but are not limited to the following:
- Visual state of the building and property
- Smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors tested for audible beep at tenancy commencement
- No obvious smells or evidence of damp/mould within the property.
- Toilets flushed, taps run in the kitchen and bathroom
- Windows opened and closed
- Extractor fans tested to ensure working order
- Communal and flat door locks are in working order
For full details of the Act please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/homes-fitness-for-human-habitation-act-2018
ExecPM limited can offer landlords and managing agents a visual pre tenancy inspection where required to report on the property and identify any possible risks.
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Our experienced team of inventory clerks provides detailed property inventory reports that help protect both the landlord and tenant during deposit disputes. If you’re a landlord looking to rent your property, email us for a consultation or call on 01189 572889.