A. Most of the landlord’s responsibilities should be clearly documented in the tenancy agreement and this will include repairs to:
The structure and exterior of your home, including walls, roof, foundations, drains, guttering and external pipes, windows and external doors.
The structure and interior of your home, including 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.
These repair responsibilities cannot be modified or removed by anything contained in your tenancy agreement. The landlord cannot pass on the cost of any of this repair work on to the tenant.
Landlords are only obliged to make repairs when they have knowledge of any problems which puts the onus on the tenant to keep them informed and up to date.
In most types of tenancy, landlords have the responsibility to ensure that a home is fit for human habitation. Issues that might make a home unfit are:
These problems have to be tackled whether they were there at the start of your tenancy, or if they occur subsequently.
A landlord cannot be held responsible for acts of negligence by the tenant. These may include:
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