Property Standards and Safety
Does your property meet the new standard?
The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 came into force on 20th March 2019 and fundamentally affects the liability of landlords for property standards. The Act requires accommodation to be safe, healthy and in good repair. Landlords can now be taken to court by their tenant if the premises is deemed unfit to live in. The course covers in detail The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) which is used to assess whether homes meet the criteria.
Repair is still important, but premises in good repair can still be unfit because of the presence of one or more of the 29 stated hazards which the new Act focuses on. Landlords must have a good understanding of the hazards, particularly if considering possession action as counterclaims for unfitness can be now be bought.
The course will walk you through a typical dwelling, outlining the most common hazards and how to deal with them. It will detail the law and investigate issues which landlords and agents may fail to consider in relations to property standards.
- The Housing Health and Safety Rating System, Housing Act 2004 - the Local Authority risk based approach to assessing properties for hazards
- Dampness - rising and penetrating dampness and condensation. The causes, solutions and where the responsibilities lie for the landlord and tenant, what can be done to reduce its impact and some of the common misconceptions of both tenants and landlords (For a more detailed insight into dampness see the Condensation and Dampness course)
- Heating and thermal insulation; central heating versus point heating; gas versus electric; double glazing, loft insulation and wall insulation; cost of heating
- Glazing in rented premises, where safety glass must be installed, location and standards for windows; security versus fire exits
- Security - general, doors and windows; security v fire exit
- An outline of fire, gas, water including Legionella and electrical safety (For a more detailed insight into requirements around utility services see our Utilities Outline course)
- Techniques to reduce the likelihood of trips and falls
- Overcrowding and responsibilities
- What other factors will affect the works which may be necessary and why identical premises may require different works
- Practical issues and worked examples.
This full day course will provide practical guidance for landlords, agents and property managers on current rental property standards and unfitness issues, an outline of the law, what to do if legal action is taken for failures and how to combat common problems to ensure they meet legal responsibilities and obligations.
- Letting Agents
- Property Managers
This course includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.
Parking and public transport instructions will be provided in your confirmation email once you have booked the course.
7th July 2020
|09:30 - 16:30||London||Book Now|
17th September 2020
|09:30 - 16:30||Nottingham||Book Now|
15th October 2020
|09:30 - 16:30||Milton Keynes||Book Now|
18th November 2020
|09:30 - 16:30||Sale, Manchester||Book Now|
Continuous Professional Development
Remember that Continuous Professional Development points (CPD) apply to RLA courses. You can also get CPD points for being a member of the Residential Landlords Association.
We are currently planning additional dates for this course. If you would like to be informed when these are arranged, please click here.
Residential Landlords Association Accreditation Scheme
This course is worth 5 basic CPD points with the Residential Landlords Association Accreditation Scheme
RLAAS is a national scheme who aim to encourage, acknowledge and actively promote good standards and management practice by owners and to assist owners and tenants to undertake their respective responsibilities to each other.
RLAAS is open to all landlords who operate in the private sector, and accreditation is FREE. Members of RLAAS also receive a discount when enroling for a course operated by the Residential Landlord's Association.
To find out more, and what RLAAS means to landlords and tenants across the country, visit the RLAAS website.