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Defective Premises Act 1972

This content applies to England & Wales

Duties and liabilities on landlords and builders under the Defective Premises Act 1972.

The Defective Premises Act 1972 imposes duties on landlords and builders/improvers to do work safely and properly, and it imposes a duty on landlords in respect of the maintenance and repair of the property. A failure to comply with these duties is a 'breach of statutory duty', which is a tort. The Act can be used alongside actions for negligence and for breach of contract where appropriate.

The Act came into force on 1 January 1974.

Duty to build dwellings properly

Action that may be taken where a problem occurs with the construction, design or planning of a property. 

Work done before disposal/letting

Liability for disrepair regarding work carried out before the disposal or letting of a property. 

Landlord’s duty of care for repairs

Landlord's liability for disrepair under section 4 of the Defective Premises Act 1972. 

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