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Landlord repair and maintenance obligations

The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 covers the three main areas of responsibility that landlords have under an assured shorthold tenancy.


Landlords must keep the structure and exterior of the property in a good state of repair. They have final responsibility for ensuring that properties are safe and fit for use. They must also carry out any repairs necessary to restore the property to a fair condition.

Gas and electrical safety

Landlords are responsible for the safety of gas installations and appliances. These must have an annual safety check with proper records kept. There are also regulations covering the safety of electrical installations and appliances. Though not currently compulsory in all properties, it makes extremely good sense to fit carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in all let properties. Landlords must ensure they are aware of any changes to relevant legislation.

Fire safety of furnishings

Landlords must be able to verify that any soft furnishings and fittings that they provide adhere to the relevant standards.

Your clients should be advised to seek their own independent advice on their legal responsibilities.

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