Disrepair to rented accommodation

It is your responsibility to identify and alert your landlord to any repairs. In some cases the landlord may want to inspect the condition of the property prior to carrying out works. Under certain circumstances landlords have a right of access, this should not be unreasonably denied

Ensure you check your tenancy agreement to find out which repairs are your responsibility, and which are the responsibility of your landlord.

Tenants are usually responsible for internal decorations and any of their own appliances or fixtures they themselves have provided. They are also expected to occupy the property in a tenant-like manner, i.e. taking reasonable steps to avoid damage and keep the property, including gardens in a reasonable condition.

Landlords or their agents are usually responsible for the property's maintenance. This includes the roof, windows, utilities, boiler, fixed heating, bath, water closet, sink, drainage, etc. In addition the property should be free from dampness, structurally stable, and have adequate bathroom and kitchen facilities.

Further information on responsibilities and the process in relation to repairs in rented housing is available from Citizens Advice

A landlord must:

  • keep their rented properties safe and free from health hazards
  • make sure all gas and electrical equipment is safely installed and maintained
  • provide an Energy Performance Certificate for the property

Landlords are responsible to ensure a property is licenced if it meets the requirements. Currently, licences are required for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

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