Written by Peter Fisher – v2lawblog
Landlords have a responsibility not to disturb their tenants
While a landlord may need access to a property from time to time in order to carryout repairs, or inspect the property for damage, they cannot drop by without notice and must first arrange with you a proper date for them to visit. If your landlord insists on entering the property and you have not given them permission to do so it may viewed as the criminal act of harassment
Protecting a tenants deposit
The landlord needs to pay your deposit into a Government approved scheme, and return it to you at the end of your tenancy – unless there’s a dispute about your tenancy.
Appropriate Eviction of Tenants
Most landlords will have to give a written notice and get a court order to evict their tenants. If your landlord has not followed the appropriate procedure and evicted you it may be viewed as the criminal act of ‘Illegal Eviction’
Carrying out Repairs
Landlords are responsible for most repairs to the exterior of a property such as:
- The roof
Landlords are also responsible for keeping the equipment for supplying water, gas and electricity in a safe working order.
They are not usually responsible for the following:
- Internal decorations
- Furniture or equipment.
If you read your tenancy agreement, it should tell you what repairs the landlord is prepared to carry out
Ensuring the safety of tenants
Landlords must perform the legal duty of ensuring the safety of tenants. This means they must:
- Have a gas safety certificate for every appliance in the property
- Carry out any necessary work identified by gas engineers
- Ensure furniture meets fire safety specifications
- Ensure the safety of electrical equipment.
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