Becoming a landlord is possible without knowing all the law that goes along with it. But knowing landlord law is crucial to ensure that you don’t lose out in the long term, having not fulfilled your responsibilities. So, here are a few points to consider about landlord law:
The landlord is responsible for:
- Repairs to the structure and exterior of the property, heating and hot water systems, including: basins, sinks, baths and other sanitaryware.
- The safety of gas and electrical appliances.
- The fire safety of furniture and furnishings that were provided under the tenancy agreement.
- Ensuring that the property is fit for habitation*
- Repairing and keeping the water and heating equipment in order.
- The common areas in multi-occupancy dwellings.
*A property is determined as fit for habitation if it complies with the following:
- it is structurally stable;
- it is free from serious disrepair;
- it is free from dampness prejudicial to the health of the occupants (if any);
- it has adequate provision for lighting, heating and ventilation;
- it has an adequate piped supply of wholesome water;there are satisfactory facilities in the dwelling for the preparation and cooking of food, including a sink with a satisfactory supply of hot and cold water;
- it has a suitably located water closet for the exclusive use of the occupants (if any);
- it has, for the exclusive use of the occupants (if any), a suitably located fixed bath or shower and a wash hand basin each of which is provided with a satisfactory supply of hot and cold water; and
- it has an effective system for the draining of foul water and surface water.
Anything that is not covered here falls under the responsibility of the tenant. Landlord law is fairly straightforward to follow, however it is worth knowing or having a record of it so that you can avoid any potential disputes between you and your tenant.