Do Bathroom Fans and Range hoods need to be vented outside in Rental properties?

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    Do Bathroom Fans and Range hoods need to be vented outside in Rental properties?

    Do Fans and Range hoods need to be vented outside in rental properties? Just that I suddenly have a tenant complaining the cooker range hood is not vented outside, I have rented it for years with no hood whatsoever then installed a range hood with a filter which I though was better than nothing.

    Bathroom fan is not vented outside but there is a window in the bathroom.


    Is there a legal requirement for fans to be vented outside?

    #2
    Doesn't seem much point having extractor fans that don't extract.

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      #3
      No legal requirement but where does bathroom vent go ?

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        #4
        I do not rate bathroom fans, the tenants don't like them as they think they cost a lot to run (i know, i know but this is what one said to me), or they only have them on for a short period which does nothing to remove the moisture....... if you have a nice window then i would encourage them to keep this open which will vent the whole room all day.

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          #5
          To my knowledge there is no legal requirement for them to be, they're simply there to displace steam. With that said, I do think it would be in your interest to find out where they do vent, and ideally, vent them externally. If only to save you a bundle on damp/mould treatment down the line...

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            #6
            I've got bathroom fans that vent into a roofspace with no problems and a couple of the -re-circulating type hob fans. The latter picks up plenty of grease but easy to steam clean.

            There are no regs on this at present you can tell your tenant.



            Freedom at the point of zero............

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              #7
              these are two different things. Bathroom fans are designed to vent out condensation to the exterior of the property. I can't recall ever seeing one that doesn't.

              Range hoods are designed primarily to remove odours from cooking and secondarily to remove condensation. Because of this, hood instructions often have options to install the fan to recirculate air within the kitchen or to vent it to the outside. Most people do the former because it's easier and they don't generate nearly as much condensation cooking as they do bath/showering. Depending on your situation, you might be able to get away with not extracting the hood to the exterior of the property, but if the cooker is against an exterior wall that you have a right to use then it would be a no-brainer.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Kape65 View Post
                Doesn't seem much point having extractor fans that don't extract.
                +1

                Why bother otherwise? As a landlord you'd just be re-circulating the steam, fumes, grease... and damaging your investment.

                But hey, free country!
                I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by tatemono View Post
                  these are two different things. Bathroom fans are designed to vent out condensation to the exterior of the property. I can't recall ever seeing one that doesn't.
                  I can - kind of. A very smart cookie in one of my blocks redesigned his flat (of course without asking for the necessary consent to alter beforehand) and put an extractor fan on his external wall - venting into the common area staircase!

                  Suffice to say once a surveyor was appointed to consider the retrospective request for alteration consent, he was told to immediately brick this back up and return the bathroom to where it belonged.

                  I don’t want to know how much all of this cost him - but some people’s stupidity can only be fought through their pockets.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by tatemono View Post

                    Range hoods are designed primarily to remove odours from cooking and secondarily to remove condensation.
                    And to trap oil and grease.

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                      #11
                      As a qualified sparky the hob does not need to be vented if it is recycling. I fit a lot where they do not in the kitchens we do.
                      Bathroom extractors should be vented to the outside otherwise condensation can build inside loft, drip back down from the felt and make the insulation damp which eventually makes the plasterboard damp and blows the plaster in the long term.
                      So for the sake of putting a 100mm drill through a wall or buying a length of extension pipe to take it to the eaves I really don't know why anyone would not bother?

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