How can landlords ensure that their electrical installations are safe?

Regulations such as the Landlord and Tenant Act, the Occupier’s Liability Act, Building Regulations and Fire Safety Orders put a number of electrical safety obligations on landlords. These regulations put the duty of care for people in rented accommodation in their landlords’ hands, and oblige landlords to take reasonable steps to ensure that the electrical installations…

How can tenants stay safe in rented homes?

Statistics show that people in rented homes are disproportionately likely to suffer injuries relating to carbon monoxide, electricity, gas and fire than owner-occupiers.   This is somewhat surprising considering the fact that landlords are legally required to arrange annual gas safety certificates and to ensure that their properties are safe for people to live in,…

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Landlords’ repair and maintenance responsibilities

Landlords and tenants each have their own repair responsibilities. This is outlined in the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, which applies to all tenancies of a term of under seven years. However, although these regulations have been on the book for many years, there is still a great deal of confusion surrounding this issue amongst…