With more people living in rented property nowadays than ever before, it’s important that you’re aware of your rights as a tenant and your landlord’s responsibilities. Landlords have a range of responsibilities and legal obligations to fulfil, although this can vary depending on your type of tenancy.
What are your landlord’s responsibilities?
Here are some of your landlord’s main responsibilities and obligations:
- Your landlord should not disturb you or enter your accommodation without giving you notice – how much notice is usually set out in your tenancy agreement
- They should pay your rental deposit into a government approved deposit protection scheme, and provided there are no disputes, you should get this back at the end of your tenancy
- Your landlord should provide you with notice as set out in your tenancy agreement, if they need you to leave
- They should ensure that your accommodation is liveable and safe, carrying out repairs to the exterior and structure of the property as needed. They are also responsible for the safety of communal areas such as gardens and walkways, and should ensure that you have water, gas, electricity etc.
- Landlords must also have a gas safety certificate for all appliances in the property and ensure that any furniture they provide meets fire safety standards
- It’s your landlord’s responsibility to ensure that electrical equipment is safe and checked on a regular basis
You can ask your landlord to fit a carbon monoxide detector if this is something you’re concerned about, but this is not a legal requirement. It’s worth bearing in mind that if you live in an HMO, your landlord may have extra legal obligations.
Claiming for compensation
If you have an accident due to your landlord failing to meet his responsibilities – for example, if you fall due to a poorly lit or maintained walkway outside your house – then you could claim for compensation. Calling Accident Advice Helpline should be your first move, as our professional personal injury compensation lawyers will normally be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim.
You can use the 30-second claims calculator on our website to see how much you could be eligible to claim, and we can normally process your claim over the phone, so it is unlikely that you will need to attend court. We may need to see evidence of any medical treatment you have received as well as a copy of your tenancy agreement and any other evidence relating to your claim, so please have this to hand when you contact us.