Unless these are replacement windows, installed
after 1 April 2002, they do not have to be opening.
The same applies to the bathroom, it does not
have to have ventilation unless it was recently upgraded (within the last 10
If it's a house in multiple occupation, the
situation is different and the local authority can dictate.
This appears not to be the case.
I think what the local authority have done with
you is dressed up what are actually "advisory" matters, as mandatory matters.
My suggestion would be to write back to the
Council and asked them to point out which section of which act or which
regulation you are needed to comply with in order to do this work. You want to
check the regulation to make sure that it is done satisfactorily!
I would see what they come back with before I do
anything because based upon the facts that you have given me, you are under no
obligation to do this work.
However I will tell you that as he does now been
brought to your attention, if you do not change the windows, and someone gets
injured or killed in a fire you could face jail for criminal negligence.
In a slightly different way, with the ventilation
and the lack of, if this leads to the formation of any kind of mould or fungus
and anyone has asthma or breathing difficulties or any other problems as a
result, you can now be held negligent once again, because the issue has been
raised with you and you have chosen to ignore it.
Choice therefore is yours as to whether you
ignore this or do the work.
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you give me.
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