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The tolerable standard is a very basic level of repair that your home must meet if it's to be fit for you to live in. Your home may not be fit to live in if:
- it has a bad problem with rising or penetrating damp
- it is not structurally stable, for example it's subsiding
- it doesn't have adequate ventilation, natural and artificial light or heating
- it doesn't have adequate thermal insulation
- it doesn't have an adequate supply of fresh water
- it doesn't have a sink with hot and cold water
- it doesn't have an indoor toilet
- it doesn't have a fixed bath or shower and wash basin with hot and cold water
- it doesn't have a good drainage and sewerage system
- if there is a electric supply and it doesn't meet the relevant safety regulations
- there are no satisfactory cooking facilities (this doesn't mean your landlord has to provide you with a cooker, but there must be somewhere suitable for you to install your own cooking facilities)
- it doesn't have a proper entrance.