Housing Standards in the UK

In the UK there are many housing regulations that both government owned and privately owned properties need to legally adhere to. The objective is to ensure that the housing is safe and appropriate for the residents that reside in the house. They need to meet health and safety regulations are continuously being inspected and maintained. Housing needs to be matched correctly with the number of occupants and overcrowding needs to be avoided. They physical building itself must be safe and well-maintained and any issues that could potentially pose a risk should be resolved as soon as possible, In terms of number of occupants you will need to ensure that the property you purchase meets the housing standards and regulations which you can find on the government website or seek advice from a licensed legal professional.  You have to factor in the following to ensure that the property is safe to live in, these are heating, lighting, ventilation, access to hot and cold water, cooking facilities and drainage. You also need to ensure that all of these are fully accessible and operational at all times. If you are renting a property you will need to speak to the owner/landlord about how to go about reporting repairs. Legally the landlords are required to upkeep and maintain structural and living repairs. In case of disputes where the landlord refuses to take responsibility, you may seek free advice from your nearest citizen advice bureau or an organisation called Shelter.  If you have purchased and own a property it will be handy to have contact information of local repair services in the event you need them and having a home insurance will come in useful too.