Your landlord is always responsible for repairs to:
- The structure and exterior of the building including the walls, stairs and bannisters, roof, external doors and windows;
- Sinks, baths, toilets, pipes and drains;
- Heating and hot water;
- Fixing chimneys and ventilation if they fall into disrepair (although you'll have to keep them clear of blockages);
- Gas appliances;
- Electrical wiring;
- Any damage to internal decorations caused by repair problems they are responsible for or while repairs were carried out.
Your landlord is also usually responsible for repairing common areas, for example, staircases in blocks of flats, although you should check your tenancy agreement if you’re unsure about this.
You are responsible for caring for the property in a responsible way. You should:
- Keep it clean;
- Not damage the property and make sure your guests don't either;
- Carry out minor maintenance such as replacing smoke alarm batteries, changing a light bulb or replacing a fuse;
- Keep chimneys and ventilation free of blockages.
Your landlord is not responsible for fixing any appliances or furniture you own. They are your responsibility. It is important to ensure these are well maintained and not causing damage to the property.
You probably will have to pay for repairs if you cause damage to the property, even if it's accidental. You shouldn't, however, have to pay for normal wear and tear to your home. More information about wear and tear can be found here.
How can the SU help?
If you find yourself in a dispute with your landlord, then you should seek advice from us. We will be able to outline your rights, and in some cases mediate on your behalf.