Landlords have been told to properly ventilate their properties to mitigate the spread of coronavirus by Christopher Pincher, the minister of State for Housing.
In a letter aimed at property investors, they were told that poorly ventilated rooms can enable the virus to build up.
Having a good flow of air can also reduce condensation, dampness, mould and fungal growth and dust mites.
Landlords were told to ensure all habitable rooms have functioning openable windows.
It’s also key that bathrooms and kitchens have either functioning windows of extractors – preferably both.
Meanwhile landlords could install positive pressure or constant run systems to ensure there is adequate background ventilation.
Tenants should be provided with instructions on using the ventilation and heating systems.
Finally issues with damp should be investigated properly and quickly.
Pincher said: “If you have responsibility as a landlord, whether in the social rented sector or private rental sector, we ask that you help us in our efforts to encourage behaviours to help combat the virus and cascade the message of the importance of good ventilation to your residents.”
But he added: “We are aware that some residents will be reticent to ventilate their homes in the winter temperatures, especially in the current climate of rising fuel costs.”
Councillor Trish Hardy, cabinet member for communities and housing at Sefton, Merseyside, said: “With COVID levels growing nationally at a worrying rate, it is important that landlords across the Borough follow advice to help minimise the spread and keep their tenants safe.”
The letter sets out the government’s so-called Autumn and Winter Plan 2021.