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Responsibility for repairs

Landlord responsibilities for dealing with disrepair and poor housing conditions, including repairs under section 11 and fitness for habitation.

This content applies to England & Wales
  • Disrepair and safety responsibilities

    An overview of the legal repair and safety responsibilities of landlords and tenants.

  • Heating, hot water and power

    A landlord is responsible for fixing most problems with heating, hot water and power in rented accommodation, including a broken boiler.

  • Damp and mould problems

    Landlord and tenant responsibilities to deal with damp and mould in rented housing.

  • Pests and infestations

    A rented property could be unfit to live in if it is infested with bugs, vermin, or other pests.  

  • Repairs under section 11

    A landlord's obligations to carry out repairs under section 11 Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 and express terms in the tenancy agreement.

  • Fitness for habitation

    A landlord’s obligations to ensure that a property they rent out is fit for human habitation.

  • Problems during repair work

    Problems that can arise during repairs, including access to the property, damage, redecoration, and alternative accommodation.

  • Defective premises

    A person affected by a defects in a property might be able to make a court claim, including where disrepair causes injury or property damage.

  • Negligence

    A person might be able to make a court claim if they are injured or experience damage to belongings as a result of negligence in housing conditions.