Who is Responsible for Repairs?
As a tenant, it can be difficult to determine who is responsible for repairs. Does the responsibility fall to the tenant or the landlord?
Under Section 11 of the Landlord & Tenant Act, the landlord must keep in repair the structure and exterior of the property and keep in repair and proper working order the installations for the supply of water, gas, electricity, sanitation, space heating, and heating water.
Your landlord may also hold additional responsibilities in terms of repairs to your property. Your tenancy agreement should indicate what repairs your landlord is responsible for and what repairs you, as the tenant, are responsible for.
Should a landlord be found to be in breach of Section 11 of the Landlord & Tenant Act, the tenant of that property will be entitled to bring a claim for damages.
Housing Disrepair Claims
Is your house in disrepair? As a tenant, you have a legal right to live in a safe and suitable property that is free from any issues of disrepair.
Landlords are required by law to ensure that your property is kept in a good state of repair and to rectify faults when they arise. When this does not happen, you may be able to make a claim against your landlord under Section 11 of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985 and the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation Act) 2018.
A landlord breaches its repairing covenant when it is on notice of an item of disrepair and it fails to carry out the repair within a reasonable period.