Maintenance of The Property

Under existing legislation landlords are responsible for all repairs to the property and its contents except when a repair is necessary due to a tenant’s misuse.

Repairs & Maintenance Issues

A landlord, in very general terms, has a legal responsibility to repair the structure and exterior of the property, including drains, gutters and external pipes; to keep in working order the installations for the supply of gas, electricity and water; and, for the installations for the provision of space and water heating. The landlord also has other legal responsibilities relating to the safety of such items as gas, electricity and furnishing as well as the general standard or fitness of the property for habitation.

A tenant has an implied covenant to act in a ?tenant-like manner?. Broadly, this means to report disrepair promptly; to take reasonable steps to ensure that neither the tenant nor guests damage the property, its fixtures and fittings; to do the minor day to day things any home-occupier would normally do e.g. replace light bulbs, fit a new battery in a smoke or CO2 detector, tighten an odd screw which has come loose on a door handle etc.; to keep the property reasonably warm and aired to help prevent condensation or freezing of pipes; to leave the property secure when absent from it; to keep the garden and other areas reasonably tidy and free from rubbish.


  1. tracy london

    Is a tenant or landlord responsible for remote controls eg an air conditioner remote or boiler remote(which is a room thermostat)?

  2. Simon Czaban

    CO2 detectors are not mandatory for UK for gas appliances. I do not understand why so many letting agents have been misinformed about this. CO2 detectors are only a legal requirement for solid fuel appliances.

  3. denise minton

    A boiler at my flat broke and it took 3 plumbers before one finally could have the time to repair it. My tenant was without heating but did have hot water for 9 days. She is now demanding a weeks rent deduction plus costs for petroleum as she is claiming she had to live elsewhere as they have a 5 month old baby. I have done everything I could to,get it repaired as soon as possible. What is my legal responsibility – I believe a weeks free rent plus costs is excessive. I have offered her £100 to cover costs. Thanks for your advice in advance

  4. Diane Lo

    Tenant sublet his room to airnub guest without my knowledge. The airnub guest injured her foot and is now trying to claim compensation from us. Who is liable


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