We have legal powers to make sure your living accommodation is up to standard. This page contains information on:
- Standard of accommodation tenants can expect from a private landlord
- What can be done if tenants don't get what they are entitled to
- The responsibilities of tenants to their landlords.
The law says all homes must be fit to live in and maintained in a reasonable state of repair.
If any of these problems occur, it is likely your home doesn't come up to this standard:
- Leaking roofs or gutters
- Rotten doors or window frames
- Dangerous or broken electrical wiring
- Dangerous or broken gas appliances
- No inside bathroom/toilet, kitchen sink, wash hand basin
- No hot and cold running water
- General disrepair.
In shared accommodation there are additional standards, which mean tenants should have:
- Access to cooking facilities
- Access to a bathroom and separate toilet
- The property should have a satisfactory means of escape from fire
- The house itself should be properly managed.
What can be done if you don't get what you're entitled to?
- We'll check your accommodation
- We'll serve a legal notice on the owner requiring them to carry out repairs within a fixed time
- We'll check to make sure all the repairs are carried out
- And we can do the works and charge the landlord if the repairs aren't made in good time.
The responsibilities of tenants to their landlords
- Pay the rent on time
- Do not cause damage to the property
- Do not interfere with the peaceful occupation of other tenants or neighbours
- Allow the landlord/agent access at reasonable times (with your permission)
- Do not sublet or take in lodgers if you're not allowed to
- If you wish to leave, to give written notice as per your contract to your landlord.
Last updated: Thu 12 January, 2017 @ 15:39