Landlord Information pages
Landlord Information – letting a property to another person creates a legal relationship between the landlord and the tenant. However informal you intend the agreement to be. Specific housing legislation defines both your rights and responsibilities, and those of your tenant.
In Wales you now have to be Licensed to manage the property under Housing (Wales) Act 2014.
Many people just do not have the time to organise repairs, deal with minor queries, or even just do not want the “hassle” . We can deal with all aspects of the letting process, from finding & referencing tenants to rent collection and management.
There is a limited range of Common Law falling on Landlords, At Common Law a Landlord is expected to keep the property fit for human habitation at the start of the tenancy. Also to keep Common parts of a Property in repair, this would apply to stairwells in blocks of flats, or common areas in shared accommodation
The Landlord & Tenant Act 1985 , places a responsibility on the landlord to keep the property in good repair.
Section 11 of the L & T 1985 makes provisions and obligations for a Landlord, where leases (tenancies) are less than seven years to:
Keep the Structure of the Property and exterior in repair, and;
Keep in repair and proper working order the installations for the supply of water, gas and electricity space heating and water heating
Landlord cannot contract out of these obligations, so if there is a term in a tenancy to do so, it would be invalid
Section 11 of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985
Landlord Information – Landlords should be aware of the recent changes to Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.
This sets out the legal requirements, as the responsibility of the landlord to ‘keep in repair, the structure and exterior of the dwelling house’ as well as any area of the building that a landlord has an ‘estate or interest
Recent amendments to the Act will have numerous implications for landlords.
Landlords must keep in mind that they are also responsible for outside areas of the property being let, such as entrance areas to buildings, pathways, parking areas and stairwells could all be the responsibility of landlords, depending on whether these areas provide access to the property being let.
If they do, technically landlords have an estate or interest in these areas and thus the obligation to repair any damage / defects to these areas.
Landlord Information – The main responsibilities under Section 11 requires the landlord to
- Keep the Structure of the Property and exterior in repair
This will include, gutters, pipes, drains (but not if the tenant or occupier causes the blockage or damage), the roof, external walls and foundations
- The supply of water, gas and electricity
This will include, basins, sinks, baths toilets and any other sanitaryware
- space heating and water heating
Keeping is good working order and proper repair
A Landlord can repair the defect, however, so long as it serves the purpose the repair does not have to be pretty. BUT, having said that, a landlord should look to the future, so when thinking of selling, any “rough work” would detract from the selling price of the property
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Many landlords are renting their property for the first time and are unsure on how to present a property for letting.
Have a look at our specific page on presenting a property to let.
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