The Welsh government is currently seeking views on proposed regulations, made under section 94 of the act, for determining if a dwelling is ‘fit for human habitation’.
It is consulting on the content of the regulations, including the specific requirements to be placed on landlords as well as the draft guidance on the regulations.
The new regulations proposed as part of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 will set out 29 separate areas landlords must monitor at the start and during a tenancy, including damp and mould, natural lighting, the presence of asbestos and other artificial fibres along with carbon monoxide, lead, fuel gas and electrical hazards, ventilation, drainage and conveniences, noise and domestic hygiene, including pest and waste control, among other issues.
Announcing a consultation into the proposed regulations, the Welsh government’s communities and children’s secretary Carl Sargeant said: “Quality homes are crucial to people’s well-being. We all know poor living conditions affect a person’s physical and mental health. Poor housing conditions such as overcrowding, damp, and cold have been linked to respiratory diseases as well as illnesses such as eczema and hypothermia. Housing should go beyond putting a roof over people’s heads.”
He added: “Everyone should be entitled to live in an environment that is as safe and healthy as possible. There is a need for us to address poor housing conditions, alongside our ambition to raise standards generally. The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 replaces various, complex pieces of existing legislation with one clear legal framework. This includes the landlord’s duty within the act to ensure a dwelling is fit for human habitation.”
There are several ways you can take part in the consultation, and that includes submitting your comments online by clicking here.