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Whether you are a landlord or tenant, it is vital that you are aware of your legal rights and obligations. The law protects both parties and does not permit you to "take the law into your own hands", irrespective of circumstances.

It is important that landlords fully understand their obligations. Please visit the information in the links at the end of the article and if you are in doubt about anything seek legal advice.

The Disability Discrimination Act, Sex Discrimination Act and Race Relations Act also apply to anyone letting, selling or managing premises.

What is the landlord responsible for?

  • repairs to the structure and exterior of the property, heating and hot water installations, basins, sinks, baths and other sanitary installations
  • the safety of gas and electrical appliances
  • the fire safety of furniture and furnishings provided under the tenancy
  • ensuring that the property is fit for habitation
  • repairing and keeping in working order the room and water heating equipment
  • the common areas in multi-occupancy dwellings

What is the tenent responsible for?

  • paying the rent as agreed and taking proper care of the property
  • bills for gas electricity, telephone, etc if this was agreed with your landlord
  • in most cases, paying the council tax, water and sewerage charges


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