The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 places special obligations upon a landlord of residential premises to ensure the Property is and remains in a good state of repairs. They may also have additional repair obligations under the terms of the tenancy agreement.

The repairing obligations of a landlord will usually include:

  • A faulty/unsafe boiler
  • Structural defects
  • Roof issues
  • Gas and water leaks
  • Damp and mould
  • Wet and dry rot
  • Dangerous wiring
  • Faulty white goods
  • Defective central heating
  • Defective fire/carbon monoxide alarms

A landlord’s liability to repair can also give rise to a potential liability, under the Defective Premises Act 1972, for health issues suffered by the tenant resulting from the landlord’s failure to meet his repairing obligations. These can include:

  • Aggravation of Asthma conditions
  • Pneumonia
  • Respiratory issues
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Electrocution
  • Trips/falls caused by unsafe stairways
  • Anxiety and depression

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