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Property repairs


Landlords have certain obligations in law to ensure a property they let is maintained to a safe and approved standard. As a landlord, you are responsible for the following duties once the tenancy has started:

  • keep in good repair and proper working order the supply of water, gas, electricity and heating
  • keep the property safe and free from serious health and safety hazards. Further information on health hazards is provided in the how to rent a safe home guide
  • carry out most repairs. If something is not working, ask your tenant to report it to you (or your agent) as soon as they can
  • maintain the structure and exterior of the property
  • maintain any appliances and furniture you have supplied
  • fit smoke alarms on every floor, and carbon monoxide alarms in rooms with appliances using solid fuels such as coal and wood
  • make sure these alarms are in working order at the start of a tenancy
  • if there are any gas appliances in the property, you must arrange an annual gas safety check by a Gas Safe engineer

Full guidance is available on the government website