What deems a house unfit?

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    Just wondering if anyone could help me a little with some advice...

    A friend of mine has recently moved into a flat alone, it's very nice and all - large, high ceilings but I'm quite worried about him as it is absolutely freezing cold.

    It's single glazed, and has electric heaters though i really don't think these are adequate to heat the sizes of the rooms, and he has to sit with his coat on most of the time. He has bought some smaller storage heaters but they don't make much difference and he is getting poorly every week.

    There is a constant draft right the way through, you can see your breath in the bedroom and the bathroom (which is beginning to mould also) and the weather hasn't even begun to drop below freezing yet.

    He is contracted to live there until June, is there anything that can be done about the heating by law, or about if he needs to move out due to the cold and the damp and how ill it is making him? And is there anything environmental health can do?

    Thanks in advance for any advice, i've used these forums before and they have been extremely helpful.


    It's possible the environmental health officer can help. Excess cold/damp is considered a health hazard under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System, see http://www.communities.gov.uk/public.../housinghealth, but it does depend on whether the EHO thinks the hazard is serious enough to take enforcement action.

    Failing that, the LL has no obligation to make improvements, only to maintain the existing heating system, however inefficient for the room sizes.

    Your friend could meanwhile try some DIY double glazing with window film. http://www.wickes.co.uk/Secondary-Gl...lm/invt/210014


      Try and find manuals for the storage heaters. They are tricky to work correctly (vents and settings). Might make all the difference (LL should really have the manuals and give them to T).
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