FFHH Assessment

From 1st December 2022, a landlord under an occupation contract is obliged to ensure a dwelling is both in repair and fit for human habitation (FFHH). This is The Renting Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) (Wales) Regulations 2022 act.

A landlord must keep the dwelling in repair at all times, although there may be instances where a landlord may not have knowledge of the need for a repair. Once the landlord is aware of the need for repairs, they must be carried out in a reasonable time and to a reasonable standard. This includes the obligation to make good any damage resulting from the repairs.

Section 91 of the Act places an obligation on a landlord to ensure that, at the start of and during the length of the occupation contract, the dwelling is FFHH. There are 3 key areas in Part 2 to comply with, and 29 matters in Part 1.

We often get involved if a landlord wants an assessment on compliance, or to act as an independent advisor, often in cases of mediation. To discuss your requirements and obtain a quote, please get in touch using the button at the bottom of this page.

Smoke Alarms

The FFHH Regulations require a smoke alarm, in proper working order, to be present on every storey of a dwelling Landlords must ensure each of these smoke alarms is in proper working order, connected to the electrical supply and inter-linked with all other smoke alarms connected to the electrical supply. 

Carbon Monoxide

The FFHH Regulations require a landlord to ensure that a carbon monoxide alarm is present in any room which has a gas, oil or solid fuel burning appliance installed.

Electrical Installation

A landlord is required to have the electrical installation of the dwelling tested every five years unless the requirements of the previous EICR indicate a shorter testing interval is required.

The 29 Matters & Circumstances

  1. Damp and mould growth
  2. Cold
  3. Heat
  4. Asbestos and Manufactured Mineral Fibres
  5. Biocides
  6. Carbon monoxide and fuel combustion products (nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and smoke)
  7. Lead
  8. Radiation
  9. Uncombusted fuel gas
  10. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  11. Crowding and space
  12. Entry by intruders
  13. Lighting
  14. Noise
  15. Domestic hygiene, pests and refuse
  16. Food safety
  17. Personal hygiene, sanitation and drainage
  18. Water supply
  19. Falls associate with baths etc
  20. Falling on surfaces
  21. Falling on stairs etc
  22. Falling between levels
  23. Electrical hazards
  24. Fire
  25. Flames, hot surfaces etc
  26. Collision and entrapment
  27. Explosions
  28. Position and operability of amenities etc
  29. Structural collapse and falling elements

Professional Memberships

  • Technical member of the RPSA
  • Technical member of the CABE
  • Student member of RICS