Landlord’s responsibilities

Landlords are responsible for making sure that the entire heating system is operational and sufficient to keep the property warm throughout the winter. The minimum acceptable standards are to be able to maintain at least 18°C in sleeping rooms and 21°C in living rooms when the temperature outside is minus 1°C.
While the UK climate is considered temperate by global standards, British winters can still be fatally cold and cause a range of health risks and illnesses.As a result, landlords who fail to provide adequate heating systems can be found guilty of causing major health risks for their tenants and taken to court.

Tenant’s responsibilities

Similarly to the boiler, the tenant is responsible for using the heating system in an appropriate way and reporting any issues quickly.If the heating systems are misused or damaged, for instance by someone sitting on a radiator, this is the fault of the tenant and they will be eligible to pay for the repairs.

Bleeding and draining radiators

There is a bit of a grey area around bleeding and draining radiators. In general, bleeding radiators counts as day-to-day maintenance.As a result, the landlord is responsible for making sure that the radiators are bled at the start of the tenancy and tenants will be responsible for bleeding radiators during the tenancy.