Winter Plan to tackle increasing cases of Covid-19 in England

Winter Plan to tackle increasing cases of Covid-19 in England

An Open letter from Housing minister Chris Pincher to all landlords and agents in England, telling them how to enact the government's Winter Plan to tackle rising cases of Covid-19.

There are five key messages:

1.  Ensure that all habitable rooms have functioning openable windows (including providing replacement keys where these have been misplaced/lost) – ideally with opening areas of at least 1/20th of the floor area;

2.  Ensure that all bathrooms/kitchens have either functioning openable windows and/or (preferably both) appropriate functioning extract ventilation;

3.  Consider installing positive pressure or constant run ventilation systems to ensure there is adequate background ventilation and to reduce the likelihood of condensation, and ensure that such systems are operating effectively, with filters etc replaced at appropriate intervals;

4.  Ensure that tenants have clear instructions and understand how to operate ventilation and heating systems, and are advised on the best ways to achieve a healthy and economic balance of heating, ventilation and moisture production within the home;

5.  Ensure that problems with damp are fully investigated and addressed promptly. 

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