Your landlord must keep in good condition and repair:
- The structure and exterior of the building.
- Basins, sinks, baths and other sanitary installations.
- Heating and hot water installations.
Your landlord must also ensure that:
- All gas appliances are maintained in good order.
- The electrical installation (for example fixed wiring) and any electrical appliances supplied (cookers, kettles, toasters, washing machines and immersion heaters) are safe to use.
- Any furniture and furnishings he or she supplies meets fire resistance requirements.
The landlord is not generally responsible for:
- Repairs arising from damage caused by you.
- Rebuilding the property in the case of damage by fire, flood or other inevitable accident.
- Repairing anything which you have a right to take away unless, in some circumstance, the damage was caused as a result of the landlord's failure to carry out his or her obligations.
Examples of things that your landlord should put right might include:
- Leaking roofs
- Rotten window frames
- Central heating that is not working.
Repairs regarding other things depend very much on the terms of the agreement between the landlord and the tenant. If a landlord, in doing repairs that he or she is obliged to do, spoils the internal decoration, he or she should make good the damage.
If you are a landlord and want further guidance about the standards your property should meet please contact the Residential Services team who can offer confidential impartial advice.
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