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    Maintenance obligations

    Hi, can anyone tell me, as a new landlord am I expected to fix every little thing that needs sorting at my rented property? It feels like every five minutes there's something else to fix! At my own home I'm not even that vigilant! For example, really important things I understand but recently had a call to fix a radiator that is either off or on and not varying heating - ie 3-4 settings but working. Can I say "live with it" type of thing or do I have to fix it? What repairs am I legally supposed to undertake? Obviously these jobs will get done, and good that tenants reporting, but can they wait? When I was in rented myself I used to just treat the property as my own and do small repair jobs, I didn't contact my landlord unless something was desperate or expensuve!

    #2
    You are obliged to keep the property safe )for the tenants and their property).

    You are obliged:
    (a)to keep in repair the structure and exterior of the dwelling-house (including drains, gutters and external pipes),

    (b)to keep in repair and proper working order the installations in the dwelling-house for the supply of water, gas and electricity and for sanitation (including basins, sinks, baths and sanitary conveniences, but not other fixtures, fittings and appliances for making use of the supply of water, gas or electricity), and

    (c)to keep in repair and proper working order the installations in the dwelling-house for space heating and heating water.

    (which covers the radiator)

    The property has to be fit for human habitation during the lease.
    There are degrees of seriousness for a series of potential defects that can each or in combination lead to a finding by a local authority that a property is not fit for human habitation:

    the building has been neglected and is in a bad condition
    the building is unstable
    there’s a serious problem with damp
    it has an unsafe layout
    there’s not enough natural light
    there’s not enough ventilation
    there is a problem with the supply of hot and cold water
    there are problems with the drainage or the lavatories
    it’s difficult to prepare and cook food or wash up
    or any of the 29 hazards set out in the Housing Health and Safety (England) Regulations 2005

    Which are exposure to:
    1.Damp and mould growth
    2.Excess cold
    3.Excess heat
    4.Asbestos and MMF
    5.Biocides
    6.Carbon monoxide and fuel combustion products
    7.Lead
    8.Radiation
    9.Uncombusted fuel gas
    10.Volatile organic compounds
    11.Crowding and space
    12.Entry by intruders
    13.Lighting
    14.Noise
    15.Domestic hygiene, pests and refuse
    16.Food safety
    17.Personal hygiene, sanitation and drainage
    18.Water supply
    19.Falls associated with baths etc
    20.Falling on level surfaces etc
    21.Falling on stairs etc
    22.Falling between levels
    23.Electrical hazards
    24.Fire
    25.Flames, hot surfaces etc
    26.Collision and entrapment
    27.Explosions
    28.Position and operability of amenities etc
    29.Structural collapse and falling elements
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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      #3
      Do a course, RLA or NLA, in how to be a Landlord

      And legionnaires disease

      There are well over 100 laws and regulations a Landlord has to comply with. And over 10 taxes you might have to pay.

      Welcome to the fun world of being a Landlord. Most years I make money doing it, but not always
      I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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        #4
        But in answer to your specific question, no, there are some things that are just the tenant trying it on or being lazy. However, if you don't fully understand your responsibilities as a landlord, you won't know when this is the case.

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          #5
          I always take the view it's expensive to have to find a new tenant so I try to deal with things as they arise to keep a happy tenant and it's usually a good thing issues are reported. However I didn't take any action over an ant infestation, just directed the tenant to put down ant powder, nor did i take action over gnats/mosquitos!

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            #6
            Thanks! All our properties are well maintained and we do look after our tenants and deal with queries quickly it's just recently so many things are being brought to our attention but niggly bits, things that are wrong in my own house but I live with as not determental to my health! Just wonder if landlord have any rights these days, are there courses on "how to be a good tenant" as well!!! Ours don't always pay on time (few days late but we don't say anything) and we had one that brought fleas in and we dealt with it all three times! She told us it was us that had to pay, wasn't us keep bringing in strays! Don't know how hubby convinced me to be a landlord - it's like being a parent with more rules and expense!!

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              #7
              Yes, you should fix the thermostat on the radiator. If you call somebody out it's about £85. At least that was I was charged.

              I had a tenant complain that there was a spider in his room - he complain in writing!

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                #8
                Originally posted by K8loops View Post
                Thanks! All our properties are well maintained and we do look after our tenants and deal with queries quickly it's just recently so many things are being brought to our attention but niggly bits, things that are wrong in my own house but I live with as not determental to my health! Just wonder if landlord have any rights these days, are there courses on "how to be a good tenant" as well!!! Ours don't always pay on time (few days late but we don't say anything) and we had one that brought fleas in and we dealt with it all three times! She told us it was us that had to pay, wasn't us keep bringing in strays! Don't know how hubby convinced me to be a landlord - it's like being a parent with more rules and expense!!
                I hear a s21 notice landing on the mat, don't I?

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                  #9
                  Just urks me at times. People always think landlords have it easy etc, I don't think they do. Just trying to earn a bit of money to enable me to retire one day with having to claim any benefits 😂 hard to make money with complaining tenants, taxes, no rights, constant repairs, agents costs, accountants, not to mention your own time given up for it all when you are working. I think about of tenants are under the impression landlords are rich and don't work and have big mortgages. Moan over, just wondered if anyone else felt my pain!

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                    #10
                    No K8loops I don't feel your pain. It's a business with profit and loss the same as any other, and a requirement for expending time and energy to keep it running smoothly.

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                      #11
                      If you don't think landlords have it easy etc etc etc why haven't you got out of the game? Just askin'
                      I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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