Tenant Housing Repair Rights is here to provide information and hopefully clearer understanding on the main repairing obligations of landlords.
As landlord’s duties to repair is now, defined by statue, reliance on the common law has become less necessary in some cases to ensure they meet their obligation. This is where we can help and point you in the right direction.
Landlords have a responsibility to keep rented homes in repair, fixing things that become broken.
This means, if there are defects to the structure of the property, a landlord has not met their obligation to have reasonably kept the property in repair.
The structure of the property is defined as the envelope of the property to include everything up to and including the plaster finishes.
See our detailed list below for more information.
Landlords have a repairing obligation under Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 and usually as an express term within the Tenancy Agreement.
The landlord is obligated to keep the structure of the property in good repair.
The definition of structure is deemed by case law as being everything up to and including plastered finishes.
This includes pipework, electrical wiring and drainage pipes, both above ground and below.
Certain items within a property are not deemed part of the structure, such as decorative finishes, wallpaper, paint etc., wall tiling, and loft insulation.
If a landlord has failed to keep the property in repair, Tenant Housing Repair Rights can help you get your home repaired!
Here’s some of the defects in the structure of the property that a landlord should reasonably kept in repair:
1) Pipes, services, drains etc. – leaking gutters, blocked gutters full of vegetation, rainwater pipes, blocked drains, cracked manhole lids.
2) Space heating – the landlord is obligated to provide adequate space heating for the property. The heating works, all the radiators work, the heating can be used at the same time as the hot water.
3) Windows – they open and shut properly, the seals are intact, no draughts or heat loss, the double glazing units are not misted up.
4) Doors – they open and shut properly, no draughts, seals are intact.
5) The overall structure of the property, no cracks, loose plaster, bowing ceilings etc.
6) Kitchen fittings and bathroom fittings – doors work, drawers open and close properly.
7) Exterior of the property – cracked or frost damaged brickwork, eroded and decaying mortar joints, cracked, addled and loose rendered finishes.
8) Roof – missing pointing from ridge and hip tiles. cement and sand pointing missing from roof edges (verges). missing tiles / slates where rainwater can enter the property.
9) Miscellany – anything broken, vent covers, electrical switch covers and socket covers, door handles, window catches, handrails, bath panels, shower screens.
Have you been asking your landlord to fix issues at your home?
Have they failed to repair them?
In a few simple steps, Tenant Housing Repair Rights can assess if you have grounds to make you landlord repair your home.
We provide a completely free services and will put you in touch with the our friendly legal professionals, who will ensure you get the repairs done to you home you deserve.
Register you details and information about the items you have been asking your landlord to repair.
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