Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1992

Standards for rented houses.

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18.(1) The Minister may make regulations prescribing standards for houses (including any common areas F30[]) let F31[or available for letting] for rent or other valuable consideration and it shall be the duty of the landlord of such a house to ensure that the house complies with the requirements of such regulations.

(2) A person authorised by a housing authority for the purposes of this section may at all reasonable times enter and inspect a house to which regulations under this section apply.

(3) F32[]

(4) F32[]

(5) F32[]

(6) F32[]

(7) Regulations under this section may, in particular, but without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), make provision in relation to all or any one or more of the following:

(a) the class or classes of houses or tenancies in respect of which the prescribed standards shall apply;

(b) the maintenance of the house F33[and any common areas] in a proper state of structural repair and in good general repair;

(c) the quality and condition of the accommodation, any common areas, furnishings and appliances;

(d) ventilation and lighting;

(e) water supplies, sanitary facilities and drainage;

(f) facilities for heating and cooking;

(g) facilities for the storage and the preparation of F34[food;]

F35[ (h) fire safety.]

F36[ (8) For the purposes of subsection (7)(b) a proper state of structural repair means sound, internally and externally, with roof, roofing tiles and slates, windows, floors, ceilings, walls, stairs, doors, skirting boards, fascia, tiles on any floor, ceiling and wall, gutters, down pipes, fittings, furnishings, gardens and common areas maintained in good condition and repair and not defective due to dampness or otherwise.]

F37[ (9) In this section and sections 18A and 18B

common areas means common areas, works and services that are appurtenant to houses and enjoyed therewith and that are in the ownership or under the control of the landlord;

landlord means the person for the time being entitled to receive (otherwise than as agent for another person) the rent paid in respect of a house by the tenant thereof;

tenancy includes a periodic tenancy and a tenancy for a fixed term, whether oral or in writing or implied;

tenant means the person for the time being entitled to the occupation of a house under a tenancy.]

Annotations

Amendments:

F30

Deleted (1.12.2009) by Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 (22/2009), s. 8 and sch. 2 part 4 item 3(a)(i), S.I. No. 449 of 2009.

F31

Inserted (1.12.2009) by Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 (22/2009), s. 8 and sch. 2 part 4 item 3(a)(ii), S.I. No. 449 of 2009.

F32

Deleted (1.12.2009) by Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 (22/2009), s. 8 and sch. 2 part 4 item 3(b), S.I. No. 449 of 2009.

F33

Inserted (1.12.2009) by Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 (22/2009), s. 8 and sch. 2 part 4 item 3(c), S.I. No. 449 of 2009.

F34

Substituted (1.12.2009) by Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 (22/2009), s. 8 and sch. 2 part 4 item 3(d)(i), S.I. No. 449 of 2009.

F35

Inserted (1.12.2009) by Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 (22/2009), s. 8 and sch. 2 part 4 item 3(d)(ii), S.I. No. 449 of 2009.

F36

Substituted (1.12.2009) by Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 (22/2009), s. 8 and sch. 2 part 4 item 3(e), S.I. No. 449 of 2009.

F37

Inserted (1.12.2009) by Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 (22/2009), s. 8 and sch. 2 part 4 item 3(f), S.I. No. 449 of 2009.

Editorial Notes:

E37

Power pursuant to section exercised (1.05.2019) by Housing (Standards For Rented Houses) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 137 of 2019), in effect as per reg. 1(2).

E38

Previous affecting provision: power pursuant to section exercised (1.07.2017) by Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 17 of 2017), in effect as per reg. 1(2); revoked (1.05.2019) by Housing (Standards For Rented Houses) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 137 of 2019), reg. 14, in effect as per reg. 1(2).

E39

Previous affecting provision: power pursuant to section exercised (1.12.2009) by Housing (Standards For Rented Houses) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 (S.I. No. 462 of 2009), in effect as per reg. 1(b); revoked (1.07.2017) by Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 17 of 2017), reg. 14, in effect as per reg. 1(2).

E40

Previous affecting provision: power pursuant to section exercised (1.02.2009 and 1.02.2013) by Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2008 (S.I. No. 534 of 2008), in effect as per reg. 2; revoked (1.07.2017) by Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 17 of 2017), reg. 14, in effect as per reg. 1(2).

E41

Previous affecting provision: power pursuant to section exercised (1.01.1994 and 1.01.1998) by Housing (Standards For Rented Houses) Regulations 1993 (S.I. No. 147 of 1993), in effect as per reg. 2, revoked (1.02.2009 and 1.02.2013) by Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2008 (S.I. No. 534 of 2008), reg. 14, in effect as per reg. 2.