The 1985 Landlord and Tenant Act, or rather Section 11 of this Act, implies a term that carrying out basic repairs is a landlord’s most important obligation. An implied term is basically a term that may be read into tenancy agreements without having been expressly stated. With that in mind, as a tenant, you may question who is responsible for a leak in your roof?
This section essentially states that landlords are responsible for keeping the exterior and structure of your home in good repair. This includes maintaining:
- Foundations, roofs and walls
- Drains, external pipes and guttering
- External doors and windows
- Baths, basins, sinks, toilets and associated pipework
- Electrical wiring, gas and water pipes
- Water tanks, boilers and radiators
- Fitted heaters, fitted electric fires or gas fires
Section 11 further states that these maintenance and repair responsibilities cannot be cancelled out, regardless of what is said in your tenancy agreement.
Who is responsible for a leak in rented property?
This does, of course, mean that if you are renting, your landlord is responsible for a leak in your roof. As few landlords are all-seeing or all-knowing, you can, of course, only hold your landlord responsible for a leak in your roof if you have informed them of the problem in the first place.
Your right to compensation
It also means that if you have informed them of a leak, and they have either denied that they were responsible for a leak and not carried out the necessary repairs, or have carried the repairs out in a careless or dangerous manner, you could be able to claim for compensation for any subsequent:
- Damage to your belongings
- Injuries by slips, trips and falls resulting from water entering your home and/or;
- Any illness you may have developed as a result of dampness and/or mould growth
Our legal team has in excess of 15 years’ experience in conducting claims against landlords keeping their properties in a state of disrepair and resulting injuries by slipping, tripping or falling; mould growth or dampness related illnesses; injuries by electrocution, fires or explosions and more.
Allowing Accident Advice Helpline claim specialists to help you get justice and the personal injury compensation your landlord owes you can help ease any financial difficulties your injury may have presented you with.
Holding your landlord responsible for a leak they should have dealt with may also help to prevent future accidents, so call us now on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, and get the help you deserve.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice