Being a landlord is a significant responsibility, but this major responsibility is made up of many smaller tasks and requirements. At Andrew Lees, we know landlords have a lot to do to keep tenants happy, and comply with regulations. If you are a landlord in or around Sedgemoor & Taunton Deane, get in touch, and we will be more than happy to assist you.
While it would be nice to clearly state the responsibilities all landlords have, this isn’t always possible. The terms of the tenancy agreement, the type of repair which is carried out and the property itself all influence the responsibility held by a landlord. Therefore, it is important to check each matter as and when it arises.
However, it stands to reason there will be a lot of responsibilities for landlords to manage; and some things are definitely the sole preserve of the landlord.
Landlords are responsible for the exterior and structure of the rental property
When it comes to the exterior and structure of the property, the responsibility for repair and maintenance lies with the landlord. It is helpful for the tenant to report any problems they find at the property, but the significance of these issues means they should be left to the landlord to resolve. Issues with the chimney or roof are covered here, and landlords should act quickly if a problem arises.
Issues with the roof can cause significant problems for the property, and for tenants. When there is a significant problem with a roof, tenants will pay more in energy bills, and the health of tenants may be at risk. Landlords are advised to call on a specialist to review the matter, and carry out repairs as quickly as possible.
Landlords can be taken to court if they offer sub-standard rental property
Sanitary fittings are the responsibility of the landlord, as is matters relating to hot water, heating and boilers. The introduction of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act in 2019 has placed landlords under considerable pressure in these matters. If a tenant isn’t provided with satisfactory living conditions, they are able to take the landlord to court. This is something landlords should bear in mind when problems arise in these areas.
Other landlord responsibilities include:
- Gas appliances, pipes and ventilation
- Electrical wiring and sockets
- Damp and mould
- Any damage caused by the landlord
With so many matters to take care of, it is clear to see why many landlords prefer to call on an expert to manage their property. At Andrew Lees, we are pleased to say we have assisted many local landlords in Sedgemoor & Taunton Deane, and managing your rental property is important to us.
We also know how crucial it is to ensure there is a good standard of communication between a landlord and tenant. With our help, we will ensure tenants feel confident to report any problems, and we look forward to assisting you manage your rental property.
If you are a landlord looking to minimise your obligations without diminishing the quality of service you provide to tenants, contact us today, and we will be more than happy to assist you.