Disrepair in Privately Rented Accommodation

Landlords who let out accommodation have a responsibility to ensure that it is in a good standard of repair.

The Landlord is usually responsible for : –

  • The structure – roof, walls, windows, gutters etc
  • Installations in the property for the supply of gas, water, electricity, baths, wc’s sinks etc.
  • Installations for heating water, gas boilers, immersion heaters, storage heaters, radiators, gas fires etc.
In addition the property should be free from dampness, structurally stable, properly heated, and have adequate bathroom and kitchen facilities.

If you experience problems with repairs

  • You should first contact your landlord, or landlords agent, to give them the opportunity to put the matters right.
  • If after a reasonable period of time the repairs remain outstanding we can arrange to visit and inspect the property and take action if we feel it justified.
  • We can take enforcement action against your landlord to force him to carry out repairs if necessary.
For some dwellings that are split into flats or bedsits, fire precaution measures and additional kitchen and bathroom facilities may be required. These types of properties are known as HMO’s.
For further information on any of the following subjects, contact us.
  • Damp and Condensation
  • Gas Safety
  • Empty Properties
  • Energy Efficiency and Advice
  • Tenancy Advice