Under the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985 your landlord is legally obliged to:
- Keep in repair the structure and exterior of the dwelling house (including drains gutters and external pipes)
- Keep in repair and proper working order the installations for the supply of water, gas, electricity, and for sanitation (includes sinks etc., but not fixtures and appliances for making use of the supply of water gas and electricity) and
- Keep in repair and proper working order the installations for space heating and heating water.
Your landlord is not allowed to ‘contract out’ of these obligations (without a court order – which is very rare). However your landlord will not be responsible for
- Damage caused by you or resulting from your failure to use the property properly
- Damage to your possessions (sometimes)
- Rebuilding in the case of fire flood or other inevitable accident
- Problems which are due to the design of the property rather than to disrepair
If you believe that your landlord has failed to comply with these obligations you may have a claim. If you believe you have a claim then please complete and send the form below and we will be in touch shortly.