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What are a landlord's responsibilities?


Under English law landlord responsibilities include maintaining rented property and its contents, and ensuring that the premises are safe. Any injury or damage caused to the occupants, neighbours or the public is likely to be the liability of the landlord. Ensuring the property is well-maintained can be time-consuming, which is why some landlords hire management companies to fulfil these requirements.

Landlord responsibilities relating to short-hold tenancies are governed by the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. Under the Act landlords must ensure that the property is in a safe and habitable condition. Any repairs that need to be made must be paid for by the landlord, rather than the tenants. Although the landlord is allowed to calculate the rent to include the cost of repairs, the landlord cannot add charges to compensate for works completed.

For private accommodations, additional landlord responsibilities were introduced by the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1994. These include an annual safety check to be carried out by a CORGI-registered tradesman, ensuring that all gas appliances are maintained in good order, and keeping a record of all the safety checks. Copies of the check certification should also be sent to the tenant within 28 days.

If you are a tenant and you feel that your landlord responsibilities have been neglected, or if you are a landlord and you are in dispute with a tenant regarding said landlord responsibilities, it is advisable to see a specialist solicitor. Meeting with a legal professional will ensure that you are fully aware of your rights and responsibilities under the law. Even if you are not intending in bringing a claim to court, understanding your legal standing can help you resolve your dispute confidently.

If you would like to obtain legal advice on landlord responsibilities, Caven can put you in touch with a local property solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local property solicitors please call us on 0808 129 5759 or complete the web-form above.

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