Legal Responsibilities: Introduction

What are you responsible for in your rental property?

Property maintenance makes up a big part of being a landlord so it pays to know exactly what you are responsible for when it comes to property repairs. 

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When it comes to any type of property repair, good communication and prompt resolutions are the key to a harmonious landlord, agent and tenant relationship. By keeping on top of any dilapidations you will minimise void periods, increase potential rental income and attract longer term tenants.

There are 7 categories that make up your responsibilities, as a landlord, on your rental properties. These are:

  • The property’s structure and exterior
  • Basins, sinks, baths and other sanitary fittings including pipes and drains
  • Heating and hot water provided
  • All gas appliances, pipes, flues and ventilation
  • Electrical wiring throughout
  • Any damage the above cause by attempting repairs
  • Any damage caused to a neighbouring property as a result of a dilapidation in your property

So, who is responsible for any other damages caused?

Remember, as a landlord, you must allow for wear and tear. There is a big difference between wear and tear and damage. Common sense will tell you that over time, there will be natural wear and tear to furniture, fixtures and fittings in your property, just as there is in your own home. These wears and tears are caused by tenants using the property and furnishings in a normal manner. Your tenants therefore, cannot be responsible for it. Only when the damage is malicious, the tenants are responsible for paying for repair or replacement.

A managing agent will be able to advise on all repairs and will hold a bank of reliable, prompt and well-priced contractors should you need them.

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