Taking due care as a landlord basically means ensuring that the health, safety and welfare of tenants and visitors to a property are not at risk.
Taking due care as a landlord
Aimed at the prevention of personal injuries from slips, trips and falls, explosions, fires and other accidents and health risks, a landlord’s duty of care towards tenants and visitors is regulated by the 1985 Landlord & Tenant Act Section 11, which states that landlords must keep the following in good repair:
- The interior and exterior structure of a property
- Installations for water, electricity and gas supplies and sanitation
- Space and water heating installations
- Communal areas (stairs, hallways, lifts, etc.)
- Installations associated with a property and controlled by the landlord
Any necessary repairs must be carried out properly, using the correct materials and, if necessary, by qualified personnel.
In addition, taking due care as a landlord requires compliance with electrical equipment and gas safety regulations, the 1988 Fire Safety Regulations for Furniture & Furnishings and the 1994 General Product Safety Regulations.
Not taking due care as a landlord
When a landlord does not take due care to keep a property safe and a tenant subsequently has a slip, trip or fall, gets injured by collapsing structures or a gas explosion, the responsible landlord could be held liable to pay the injured party compensation.
When your landlord failed
If you sustained an injury by slipping, tripping or falling or indeed any other accident caused by your landlord’s failure to take due care, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation. In order to be eligible to claim, your accident must have occurred within the past three years and you must be able to prove that your slip or trip, for instance, was caused by your landlord’s negligence.
How to make a claim
Your first step in claiming compensation is to find a good injury solicitor. This is easier than you might imagine. Our legal team at Accident Advice Helpline has been specialising in conducting personal injury claims similar to yours for over 10 years and their success record is outstanding. Working on a no win no fee* basis, our in-house solicitors can be enlisted by filling in the compensation calculator on our website or by speaking to an advisor via our 24-hour freephone helpline. Simply dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993, explain your situation and we will do the rest.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown