When you are renting a house it can be both a blessing and a curse. It can be good as you don’t need to pay for repairs. However, it can also be a bad thing if the landlord takes a long time to arrange these repairs. So, what is classed as the fault of the landlord and what isn’t?
General maintenance and faulty appliance claims
If you have rented the house and the lease clearly states the appliances are maintained by the landlord then any issue with this is the responsibility of the landlord. As well as this, any general repairs on the house or flat that have occurred through wear and tear would also be down to the landlord and could lead to a faulty appliance claim. If the landlord doesn’t fix these issues they could potentially lead to a nasty accident claim should the problems get worse.
Mould and damp
When mould and damp occurs it is often a grey area as to whether this is the fault of the landlord or not. It all depends on what has caused the mould in the first place. If it is simply down to the property not being warmed up or a lack of air flow this would certainly be down the tenant. Even if this mould led to an injury, it is doubtful an accident claim could be made.
However, if the mould has appeared due to a roof leak or blocked gutters this is usually down to the landlord, provided the tenant has reported the issue.
When it comes down to it, if the root cause, needing repair, was something that could have been prevented by the tenant then it is unlikely to be the fault of the landlord. However, if the repairs are from general maintenance and wear and tear then this would be the responsibility of the landlord. If these aren’t repaired and cause injuries it could turn into a big accident claim for the landlord.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you have had an accident such as a slip, trip or fall caused by a landlord ignoring essential repairs or any other causes which were not your fault you may be able to make a claim. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with over 15 years’ worth of experience in cases such as faulty appliance claims.
Speak to one of our friendly advisers on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile to find out more.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown