You know Healthy Homes Standards have become law and there is a lot of information out there about what this means for your rental, but we wanted to delve a little deeper into what each of these five standards meant. We found this valuable source of information from the Tenancy Services website, all about the heating standard. We'll summarise it here for you:
What is the heating standard?
Landlords must provide at least one source of heating that will heat the main living room in a property. This heating source must be an acceptable size for the room and must heat from at least 18 degrees. If you want to check if your heating is acceptable, you can use the Heating Assessment Tool on the Tenancy Services website.
The main living room is the largest room that is used for general, everyday living. This could be your family room, lounge or dining room.
All heaters must be fixed (not portable) and produce at least 1.5kW in heating capacity.
Heater(s) must not be an open fire or an unflued combustion heater, e.g. portable LPG bottle heaters. Heat pumps or electric heaters must have a thermostat. You can’t use an electric heater (except a heat pump) if the required heating capacity for the main living room is over 2.4 kW, unless you’re ‘topping up’ existing qualifying heating that was installed before 1 July 2019.
In most cases, the acceptable types of heater(s) will be a larger fixed heating device like a heat pump, wood burner, pellet burner or flued gas heater. In some cases, e.g. small apartments, a smaller fixed electric heater may be enough. For more information about different heating options visit the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority website.
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