Property Maintenance Responsibilities

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Who Exactly Is Responsible For Property Maintenance? 

Who Exactly Is Responsible For Property Maintenance?

There still appears to be a great deal of confusion regarding who has what repairing obligations and property maintenance responsibilities in private rental sector properties, with a high proportion of residents without tenants liability insurance losing some or all of their hard saved deposits due to not abiding by the terms of individual rental agreements.

Landlords do have a great deal of legal responsibility for their tenant’s safety in rented properties and current legislation requires that landlords must perform certain functions to ensure adequate property maintenance is effective this, including annual gas safety checks (CP12) and regular electrical safety inspections are expected to be added soon.

Landlords cannot be expected to fix every single property maintenance issue that may arise in rented property but they do have responsibility for the following repair issues:

  • Gas appliances and safety
  • Electrical wiring and regular safety checks / testing of all electrical appliances supplied by the landlord
  • Maintaining the fabric and structure of the rental property, including roofs, gutters, drains, fencing
  • Plumbing: water supply – sinks, taps, baths, showers and waste water – plumbing and drains
  • Boilers – heating and hot water supply
  • Repairing damage caused by works for the above
  • Repairing/replacing faulty electrical appliances owned and supplied by landlordsProperty maintenance for these issues can’t be delegated to the tenant through the use of clauses in a tenancy agreement, although a property manager of letting agent may handle the responsibility on behalf of the landlord.

Tenants also have certain responsibilities to help keep the rented property in optimum condition, the list below highlights just a few of a tenant’s responsibilities which can include:

  • Keeping the rented property clean and tidy
  • Not smoking inside the rental property
  • Keeping any gardens in a good state (unless otherwise arranged through the landlord)
  • Keep any communal areas clean and tidy
  • Replacing electrical fuses and light bulbs
  • Regular testing and replacing of smoke alarm batteries
  • Unblocking sinks
  • Using heating properly
  • Ventilating the property
  • Having carpets professionally cleaned at the end of a tenancy

Tenant liability insurance is a specialist insurance policy for tenants to protect their deposit against accidental property damage claims. Accidents will happen however, paying for property damage can be expensive, even if the damage is caused accidentally, it is the tenant’s responsibility to pay for the repairs or the landlord is entitled to deduct the cost of repairs from the tenant’s deposit.

Landlords should encourage tenants to take out tenants liability insurance to help them protect their deposit funds from avoidable deductions as this can prevent tenants from being to move home due to lack of finances.

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