Rental Property In Disrepair? Fix Soon To Avoid Legal Trouble Dec 27, 2019Views: 18617
If you are a landlord with a rental portfolio, you probably already know just how easy things can go wrong. From the simplicity of a leaking tap right through to more severe issues such as damp, leaking roofs or Japanese knotweed, there is always something that can fail, either due to poor maintenance, wear and tear or old age. As a responsible landlord, we assume that you react to these problems quickly, ensuring the health and wellbeing of your tenants and protecting your investment. However, if maintaining your rental portfolio is the least of your worries, now its time to change. Tenants now have a legal obligation to live in a well-maintained property, and if this isn’t the case, it can land you in hot water. Read on to find out more.
LANDLORD & TENANTS ACT 1985, SECTION 11. THE FACTS
If you watched TV during the 70s, you will have found it difficult not to attend the popular sitcom ‘Rising Damp’, featuring the irresponsible landlord Rupert Rigsby who would rent out appalling bedsits to a range of long-suffering tenants in an old Victorian townhouse. Fast Forward to 2019 and thanks to the Landlord & Tenants Act 1985, Section 11, the modern-day Rupert Rigsby’s are slowly disappearing. Landlords must now legally meet several obligations to their tenants, including:
- Keeping drains, guttering, outdoor pipes, property exterior and structure in good condition.
- Keeping electrical, gas and water installations, including baths and sinks, in good working order.
- Keeping the heating system in good repair and full working order.
- Any form of Housing Disrepair Claims.
If you keep your property in relatively good condition, you shouldn’t have an issue. However, if your tenant claims for housing disrepair and you fail to do anything, things can quickly escalate into a legal matter. This process can be a nightmare because as well as getting a surveyor to check your property over, you will also need legal assistance, not to mention a contractor to put the problems right. Costs can quickly mount. But thankfully, there is another way.
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Housing Disrepair is different because we bring everything you need into one package- surveys, legal advice and contractors. This saves you time, money and a lot of hassle. We know properties inside out, meaning we can look at every claim being made by your tenant. Upon receiving your instructions, a surveyor will be out to your property within 24 hours, using our mobile app to gather all the necessary evidence to prove your case. All promptly e-mailed to you in PDF format.