Who is in charge of repairs in your rented home?
When you rent your home and something goes wrong, it isn’t always clear who the responsibility for arranging repairs lays with.
Typically, it is down to your landlord to fix any issues that occur, but sometimes it is up to the tenant to address the issue.
If you are currently renting your home, or are a landlord renting out a property, this article will address who is in charge of what repairs in your rented home, and when.
Although there is not an exhaustive list of what a landlord is obligated to repair in your rented home, there are some repairs that landlords must deal with.
- Fixing broken sinks, toilets, and baths and ensuring they remain in a useable, sanitary condition
- Boiler repairs
- Electrical wiring and electric fires or heaters
- Structural repairs, including any repairs to the exterior of the building, roof, guttering and external doors and windows
- Repairs to the chimney if your house has one
As you can see, a lot of things that could go wrong with your home are the responsibility of the landlord to repair.
However, there are some things that must be repaired for directly by the tenant. This is for cosmetic damage, which can include:
- Damage to door or window (by your own fault)
- Damaged plaster
- Any damage to internal doors or skirting boards
- General maintenance and cleaning
- Small wear and tear repairs
What If My Landlord Won’t Repair My Home?
In some nightmare cases, tenants are left for weeks or even months with repairs desperately needed around their home.
If your landlord is not taking the necessary steps to repair your home, you can complain to them, but you should be warned that they can legally evict you from the property. If they do this, they must follow the eviction procedure correctly or you would be within your rights to challenge this.
We recommend always issuing a notice of repairs needed in writing so that you have paper evidence of requesting repairs and exactly when you started this process in case you need to make a claim at a later date.
If you are not sure what repairs lay with what party still, the first thing you should do is to consult your tenancy agreement, which should outline the responsibilities of both the tenant and the landlord.
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