As a landlord, you’re required to provide heating to your tenants. Heating can be provided by:

  • A fixed electric or gas heater
  • A heat pump

If the temperature falls below 0°C outside, the minimum heating standard is at least 18°C in sleeping rooms and 21°C in living rooms.

A follow-up question we often see is, can a landlord control your heat? This usually depends on who is paying for the heating bills. If it’s the tenants, they have the right to fully control their own thermostat. If, however, the landlord is paying the bills, they may opt to cover the thermostat (sometimes locking it away in a cupboard, for instance).