Letting has run for over 7yrs; who's liable for safety checks?

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  • Letting has run for over 7yrs; who's liable for safety checks?

    Hello,

    I have a query hope someone can help.

    I let a property through managing agents, haveing done so since summer of 2002. I let to them and they sub-let it. They have not yet asked me to carry out the latest gas/electricity checks. Does this mean that as my agreement with them is now over 7 years they are responsible for these or should i chase up and ensure they are done.

    Any advise appreciated

    Thanks in advance

  • #2
    If you truly let to Agents:
    a. the letting is not a residential let at all (as the Agents do not reside there, do they?); but
    b. s.11 of LTA 1985 will nevertheless still apply (as the letting is 'a lease of a dwellinghouse', the requirement of s.13).

    Result: you as L are inescapably liable for repairs unless the letting was originally granted for > 7yrs. [see s.13(1)].
    JEFFREY SHAW, solicitor [and Topic Expert], Nether Edge Law*
    1. Public advice is believed accurate, but I accept no legal responsibility except to direct-paying private clients.
    2. Telephone advice: see http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=34638.
    3. For paid advice about conveyancing/leaseholds/L&T, contact me* and become a private client.
    4. *- Contact info: click on my name (blue-highlight link).

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    • #3
      Thanks for quick reply,

      looking at the act now to see what it means. Accidental LL due to circumstances at the time and now live some distance away.

      Wick

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      • #4
        Not accidental! You did deliberately let, didn't you?
        JEFFREY SHAW, solicitor [and Topic Expert], Nether Edge Law*
        1. Public advice is believed accurate, but I accept no legal responsibility except to direct-paying private clients.
        2. Telephone advice: see http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=34638.
        3. For paid advice about conveyancing/leaseholds/L&T, contact me* and become a private client.
        4. *- Contact info: click on my name (blue-highlight link).

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