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Landlords’ responsibilities under the Landlord and Tenant Act

The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 sets out the rights and responsibilities of both landlord and tenant.

Under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 the landlord is required to keep the property in good repair throughout the period of tenancy, so it is up to the standard it was at the start of the agreement. Under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, if the Property was not in good repair at the beginning of the tenancy the landlord may be required to repair these aspects. However, under the Landlord and Tenant Act, ‘to keep in repair’ does not refer to the landlord having to make significant improvements to the property, to suit the tenant.

Under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, the landlord is not required to carry out repairs until the defects are reported by tenants.

Under the Landlord and Tenant Act the notice of repairs can be given verbally or in writing, but it is better to issue a written notice as proof of the landlord being made aware of the repairs required. In accordance with the Landlord and Tenant Act the tenant must then give the landlord sufficient time to carry out the necessary repairs.

The Landlord and Tenant Act stipulates that if repair work fails to be carried out by a landlord, the tenant will be required to show proof of the notice given in order to put forward a claim. Under the Landlord and Tenant Act, letters to the landlord notifying them of the state of disrepair or a letter from the landlord agreeing to repair the property can be used as proof when making a claim.

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