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I am renting the property through Foxtons and they have drawn up a standard tenancy agreement that I have signed
The rules are extremely complicatedand here is one council's booklet with regard to replacement windows http://www.peterborough.gov.uk/pdf/pb-bc-Guidance%20note%205%20-%20Replacement%20Windows.pdf
basically, if it is ahabitable room, it has to have an opening window to provide ventilation. If thelandlord refuses, refer the matter to the Environmental Health Department atthe local Council who can make the landlord do this
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Hi, thanks for the reply. Its starting to give me an idea of how I can approach this.
What I need though is specific legal clauses that require a rented room to have an openable window. Is there a national law or requirement on this or does each council have their own regulations on what is required by the landlord? My council is Wandsworth borough. I am on the first floor, so from some parts of the document link you attached I gather that there were stipulations on rooms on the 1st floor to have a fire escape window under certain conditions.
Do you have any specific legislation regarding fire escape window requirements in rented accomodation or ventilation requirements in rented accomodation that applies at a UK level or anything specific to Wandsworth Borough?
It is in the BuildingRegulations which have changed numerous times over the years and it isnecessary to look at when the building was built and when and if the newwindows were installed. Here is the latest version http://www.vent-axia.com/files/BR_PDF_ADF_2010.pdf
to be frank, I would not get boggeddown in regulations. Simply tell the agent to get it done and tell them that ifthey don't, you will refer the matter to the Environmental Health Department atthe Council.
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