Repairs in private rented homes

Most repairs in private rented properties are the landlords' responsibility, although tenants 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 your landlord refuses to do repairs

There are steps you can take to get repairs done to your home if your landlord ignores your requests, or takes too long to complete the work.

How to report repairs to your landlord

Reporting repairs to your landlord in the right way may help if there are problems later. Find out more about reporting repairs to a landlord

Asking the council for help with repairs

Bad conditions in your home can put health at risk. Environmental health departments can sometimes force private landlords to carry out repairs

Eviction if you ask for repairs

Things to consider before you take action to ask a private landlord to do repairs

When repair works cause problems

After reporting repairs, your landlord needs to make arrangements. Find out what to do if work isn't done properly, or if it causes major disruption

Taking legal action over disrepair

You can take legal action if a landlord refuses to carry out repairs, or has left repair work unfinished. But first there are steps you must take.