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I’m a landlord.  Which repairs am I responsible for?

 

 

Keeping on top of rental property regulations and legislation can be a nightmare, which is why more and more private and commercial landlords are turning to us to take the headache away.

 

 

A landlord is responsible for anything that the tenancy agreement says

To name just a few, a landlord is generally responsible for; the structure and exterior of your home, for example, the walls, roof, foundations, drains, guttering and external pipes, windows and external doors.

Basins, sinks, baths, toilets and their pipework.

Water and gas pipes, electrical wiring, water tanks, boilers, radiators, gas fires, fitted electric fires or fitted heaters.

 

A landlord is responsible for the common areas of a building, if the tenancy began on or after 15th January 1989, such as entrance halls, stairs and lifts.

 

Private renting, landlord requirements from Gov.uk

Landlords must keep the property safe and free from health hazards.

 

Gas safety

Landlords must:

  • make sure gas equipment they supply is safely installed and maintained by a Gas Safe registered engineer
  • have a registered engineer do an annual gas safety check on each appliance and flue
  • give the tenant a copy of the gas safety check record before they move in, or within 28 days of the check

 

Electrical safety

Landlords must make sure:

  • the electrical system is safe, for example sockets and light fittings
  • all appliances supplied are safe, for example cookers and kettles

 

Fire safety

Landlords must:

  • follow safety regulations
  • provide a smoke alarm on each storey and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room with a solid fuel burning appliance (for example a coal fire or wood burning stove)
  • check tenants have access to escape routes at all times
  • make sure the furniture and furnishings supplied are fire safe
  • provide fire alarms and extinguishers if the property is a large house in multiple occupation (HMO)

 

 

A Landlord is responsible only when notified of a problem

 You only have to make repairs when you know that there is a problem.  Your tenant should be encouraged to report all repairs needed to you, as soon as the problem occurs.  You can’t pass on any of the repair costs to your tenant but equally, they can’t withhold their rental payments due to repairs being carried out in the home.

 

We understand that you need works completed quickly to respond to tenant reported complaints and for repair lengths reduced by getting repairs, renewals and maintenance jobs done quickly during and between tenancies.

 

All our services are designed to suit your legal, tenancy agreement & insurance obligations and your budget. Please call us on 0330 113 1117 or use our quick and easy contact form to arrange a chat with a specialist member of our team.

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