Should a landlord be responsible for basic amenities in their property?
As a landlord, owning and renting a property can be a good investment and a great way to create a regular income stream. However, it isn't as easy as it sounds. Ultimately a landlord has a lot of responsibilities. It's their job to make sure that all safety and legal necessities adhere to the required standards specified by law. This covers both the brick and the earth the property is built on. Provided they own the and freehold. The law is also there to protect landlords and makes sure that they are not taking the law into their own hands.
What are the basic amenities?
The basic amenities would be gas, water and electricity in our opinion. However, in this day and age, some landlords include WiFi and parking. It is worth adding that while a landlord is legally responsible for things like property repairs and safety in terms of gas, fire and electrical appliances, among other important issues, it would appear that a growing number of younger tenants expect their landlord to go above and beyond and take on greater responsibility for basic amenities, based on the research by Glide.
The Landlord and Tenant Act 198, what does this mean?
The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 makes landlords responsible for a number of aspects that makes a property 'fit for purpose'. This means you must:
- Keep the property in good repair
- Make sure it’s structurally sound
- Take action to prevent damp
- Allow natural light into the property
- Install adequate ventilation
- Supply it with water and electricity
- Provide water and space heating methods
- Insulate the property and make sure it’s energy-efficient
- Have facilities for personal hygiene, drainage and sanitation, food cooking and preparation and wastewater disposal