On 1 December 2017 a new type of tenancy will come into force, called the private residential tenancy, this will replace assured and short assured tenancy agreements for all new tenancies. Find out more

Tolerable standard

A home must meet a basic level of repair called the Tolerable Standard if it's to be fit for a person to live in. A home may not be fit to live in if:

  • It has a bad problem with rising or penetrating damp
  • It is not structurally stable, for example it's subsiding
  • It doesn't have adequate ventilation, natural and artificial light or heating
  • It doesn't have adequate thermal insulation
  • It doesn't have an adequate supply of fresh water
  • It doesn't have a sink with hot and cold water
  • It doesn't have an indoor toilet
  • It doesn't have a fixed bath or shower and wash basin with hot and cold water
  • It doesn't have a good drainage and sewerage system
  • There is a electric supply and it doesn't meet the relevant safety regulations 
  • There are no satisfactory cooking facilities (this doesn't mean a landlord has to provide a cooker, but there must be somewhere suitable for tenants to install their own cooking facilities)
  • It doesn't have a proper entrance.

Councils have statutory powers to deal with houses that do not meet the Tolerable Standard. The other criteria that a rented property must meet is the Repairing Standard.

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