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Case 47 - Complainant advised by landlord that windows in property do not meet health and safety regulations

Issue

The complainant had been advised by his landlord that the metal windows in common parts of his residential premises do not meet health and safety regulations and will have to be replaced despite being in good condition.

Panel decision

Unfortunately the panel is unable to offer a definitive view on this matter. Health and safety legislation may apply depending on the common areas of the building (but not individual flats) and, depending on the status and responsibilities of the limited company.

If legislation does apply, it will require windows to be capable of being opened, closed and maintained safely, but there is no specific requirement to replace windows.

2012-07-26