Landlords’ responsibilities

 

The law governing the renting of property in the UK creates a variety of rights and responsibilities on both parties in a lease.
 
There are different types of tenancy that create slightly different obligations, but the core basic rights and responsibilities are almost always the same regardless of the type of tenancy agreement you have.
 
Landlord’s responsibilities are many and various under UK law. If you are thinking of letting a property, or have already let a property, then you should be well informed on the various obligations that are required of you in your role as a landlord.
 

Legal obligations

One of the main obligations on a landlord is to allow the tenant the opportunity to enjoy their property. This means that a landlord has a responsibility not to disturb tenants unless there is a good reason for doing so, and reasonable notice is provided where practical.
 
Landlords cannot simply come and go as they please, as this may amount to harassment.
 
One of the key legal responsibilities of a landlord is to protect the deposit payment of their tenant. UK law requires landlords to place any deposit taken from a tenant after 6th April 2007 in a Government approved deposit protection scheme.
 
The law allows for landlords to be made to pay compensation to tenants if they fail to keep to this responsibility.
 
Landlords are also required by law to follow the correct legal procedure when seeking to terminate a tenancy or evict a tenant. If a landlord ignores the law when trying to evict a tenant it may be considered an illegal eviction.
 
Landlords are legally bound to keep the exterior and structure of the property in a reasonable state of repair. This means that repairs to the roof, chimneys, walls, gutters and drains form part of the landlord’s responsibilities. Tenants are usually responsible for repairs to furniture, internal decoration and gardens.
 
In addition to a responsibility to repair the property, landlords must also ensure that any let property meets health and safety requirements. Appliances should have a gas safety certificate, furniture should meet fire safety standards and any electrical equipment provided in the house should be safe.
 
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