Privately rented homes - repairs and improvements
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Most repairs in private rented properties are the landlords’ responsibility, although the tenant will also have some repairing obligations. This section looks at how to get repairs done in private rented homes, and what action to take if you can't get repair work done.
If you live in rented accommodation, your home should meet minimum legal standards. Find out what these are, and what gas and electrical safety standards your rented home must have.
This page explains who is responsible for repairs in private lets.
Normal wear and tear is to be expected during your tenancy, but if you accidentally damage something in your rented home, you will have to pay for repairs.
Find out what the law says about repairing or replacing furniture and equipment if you rent privately.
Reporting repairs to your landlord in the right way may help if there are later problems. Find out more about reporting repairs to a landlord.
If you live in a shared house, your landlord may have additional safety and repair obligations if the house is considered to be a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).
There are steps you can take to try to get repairs done to your privately rented home.
What you can do if the work isn't done properly, or if it causes major disruption.
Things to consider before you take action to force a private landlord to do repairs.
If your landlord is refusing to do repairs there are things you can do. Use our information to see what you can do about landlords refusing to do repairs.
Bad conditions in your home can put health at risk. Environmental health departments can sometimes force private landlords to carry out repairs.
Private tenants should only do repairs in some situations and must follow procedures.
If you are a tenant in a private rented property, you may be able to carry out and pay for some improvements to your home. However, you must ask your landlord's permission.
If your landlord refuses to carry out repairs, or has started but not finished them, you may be able to take them to court.