Apart from what is in the agreement what else is the landlord responsible for?
It is always important to look through the Assured Shorthold Tenancy to understand what responsibilities the landlord and tenant have towards one another.
Whatever is stated in the agreement, landlords are required by law to ensure that a rented property is safe when tenants move in and that it is maintained in a safe condition throughout its duration.
The landlord is responsible for maintenance and repairs to the following (the list is not exhaustive):
- The exterior and structure of the property
- Basins, baths, sinks, and other sanitary installations
- Heating and hot water installations
- Any gas appliances and electrical wiring and equipment
Landlords are also now required to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties as from 01 October 2015. This legally enforceable requirement applies both to existing tenancies and new AST agreements entered into on or after that date.
At least one smoke alarm must be installed on each floor of a property and a carbon monoxide alarm (mains wired or battery operated) must be located in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance or any other identified 'high risk' locations.
Landlords continue to have responsibilities for the control of legionella bacteria in water including hot water and cold water systems, under The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Heath 1999.