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Tenants’ 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 tenants have responsibility for maintaining certain aspects of the property, such as the garden, furniture (which must be fire resistant) and any equipment supplied by the landlord.

The Landlord and Tenant Act stipulates that if the tenant chooses to renovate or change the existing equipment in the property without the landlord’s permission, it would not be the landlord’s responsibility to repair any damage caused to it.

Under the Landlord and Tenant Act, the landlord can refuse to carry out repair work. This could be due to the tenant being responsible for the damage. In such circumstances tenants are required to get the landlord’s permission to carry out any repair work in accordance with the Landlord and Tenant Act.

In some cases the Landlord and Tenant Act allows the landlord to accept responsibility for the repair work but be happy for the tenant to arrange for the work to be carried out. If the landlord agrees that the work is needed and is happy to pay for it, then the tenant may request this in writing before paying for any repairs. A landlord may require that a tenant gets a few estimates before agreeing for repair work to start on the property.

The Landlord and Tenant Act states that any repair work carried out or organised by a tenant must be done properly and to a reasonable standard.

However, If a landlord fails to carry out the repair work which they are responsible for then the tenant may try and obtain a court order to ensure the work is carried out. However, this process is costly and time-consuming.

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