Your landlord has a responsibility to make sure the property or accommodation you are renting is maintained to a certain standard.
Unless the tenancy has a fixed term of more than seven years, the landlord is responsible for repairs to:
- The structure and exterior of the property
- Baths, sinks, basins and other sanitary installations
- Heating and hot water installations
Responsibility for other repairs depend on what agreement (if any) you have arranged with your landlord. The landlord is not responsible for repairing damage a tenant has caused. The rent the landlord charges can include a sum to cover the cost of repairs - but the landlord cannot pass this cost on to the tenant in the form of a separate service charge.
Safety of gas and electrical appliances
Landlords are required by the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 to ensure that all gas appliances are maintained in good order and that an annual safety check is carried out by a tradesman who is registered with Gas safe
The landlord must keep a record of the safety checks and issue it to the tenant within 28 days of each annual check. The landlord is not responsible for maintaining any gas appliances the tenant is entitled to take with them at the end of the letting.
Landlords should also ensure that the electrical system and any electrical appliances that they supply (such as cookers, kettles, toasters, washing machines and immersion heaters) are safe to use.
- Private rented housing
Information about private rented housing in North West Leicestershire
- Rent deposit guarantee scheme
The rent deposit guarantee scheme is designed to assist people on benefits or a low income to afford the deposit and one month's rent in advance that most private landlords require. We know that it isn't easy trying to find this money. We may be able to help you. With the support of local private landlords North West Leicestershire District Council runs an interest free repayable Rent Deposit Scheme to help people with the initial costs.
- Find a privately rented home
A list of privately rented properties where the landlord is willing to consider tenants in receipt of housing benefit.