From March 20th 2019, agents and landlords must comply with the Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) regulations.
The Inventory Check
The first step to demonstrating your property is fit for human habitation is to think about inventory check. You should re-design your inventory check to meet the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS). Photo evidence should be provided in your inventory check to highlight the points raised in the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS). This includes your property’s electrical hazards, lighting and food safety.
(Your inventory check should already include photo evidence of the property’s condition in reference to the HHSRS, it’s vital this stays the same.)
At the end of the tenancy, it’s vital you create a photo based check-out and inventory check so you can see if the property has become unfit. A mid term inspection with photographs will help avoid the property become unfit.
What this means for property management?
The way you manage repairs is changing. The way you document tenant X’s faulty boiler or leaky tap is crucial if you want to meet the Human Habitation legislation. You must document the repair, before and after the tenant’s reported it, recording every single piece of detail, through pictures and a written report to ensure your home is fit for human habitation.
How can I comply?
Allow your tenants to report their repairs online in an instant with Openview’s Task Manager. Tenants can upload images of their repair documenting the repairs process before it even begins, whilst helping you prove your home is fit for human habitation. Opemview gives your tenants the ease of reporting a repair, online, 24 hours a day.