Private Tenancies: Fitness Inspections
The Private Tenancies (NI) Order 2006 (Article 33) requires properties built before 1 January 1945, whose tenancies commence after 1 April 2007, to have a fitness inspection carried out, unless they already have a certificate of fitness in place or the property is exempt.
A property which has recently undergone a full renovation and/or refurbishment will still require a fitness inspection if one original wall remains.
A tenant may also apply for certificate of fitness, if there is a Certificate of Fitness in effect and they are of the opinion the property they live in is no longer fit to live in.
The legislation aims to:
- provide a better standard of accommodation within the private rented sector in Northern Ireland.
- allow landlords to maximise rent.
- ensure protected tenants retain their security of tenure.
A property is exempt if:
- a renovation grant was paid by Northern Ireland Housing Executive within the last 10 years
- an HMO grant was paid by the NIHE within the last 10 years
- the dwelling is currently registered as an HMO with the NIHE
- a regulated rent certificate was issued by district council within the last 10 years.
Properties will be inspected by Environmental Health officers against a Fitness Standard. You can find out about the Fitness Standard by clicking here.