From time to time properties will need maintenance and repairs or a problem will arise that will need fixing.
When letting, the law is clear about which repairs and home maintenance jobs fall to you, the landlord, and to your tenant.
As a landlord, you are ALWAYS responsible for repairs to…
• the property’s structure and exterior
• basins, sinks, baths and other sanitary fittings including pipes and drains
• heating and hot water
• gas appliances, pipes, flues and ventilation
• electrical wiring
• any damage they cause through attempting repairs
By law, your tenant can’t be forced to do, or pay for, repairs that are your responsibility. Your tenant should only carry out repairs if their tenancy agreement says they can.
You only have to do repairs when your tenant lets you know there’s a problem, so they should be encouraged to inform you straight away when repairs are needed.
Tell your tenants when you can expect the repairs to be done. They should continue to pay rent while they’re waiting.
As a landlord, you are NOT responsible for…
Any problems caused by a tenants’ negligence or damage caused by their family or friends. Examples of this could be leaks caused by an overflowing bath, not using the extractor fan after having a shower, a broken window, leaving candles unattended, etc.
They should also take care of your property by doing the little jobs which can reasonably be expected of them, like unblocking drains and mending fuses.
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