After the UK spent much of February being battered by storms, strong winds and heavy rainfall may have left some of your rental properties in need of repair. In this post, we address the issue of as a landlord, what’s your responsibility when it comes to repair? Is it your job or your tenants to put right the damages caused?
If the recent weather has caused the gutters at your rental property to become blocked with leaves or other debris, it’s you as the landlords job to sort this out. According to section 11 (1) (a) of The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985:
‘to keep in repair the structure and exterior of the dwelling-house (including drains, gutters and external pipes)’
Your rental properties may be suffering from leaks as a result of the storms. If you own a top floor flat or apartment, the external structure of the building is the responsibility of the freeholder through their management company and so should be reported to the management company.
What exactly is the tenant’s responsibility? It’s advised that the tenant acts in a ‘tenant like manner’. This essentially means they should be carrying out normal works that are within reason should they have the necessary equipment.
We hope that you have found this blog post on ‘As a landlord, what’s your responsibility when it comes to repair?’ useful. Should you have any questions, please contact us.
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