Private Tenancies Guidance and Information Series

April 8, 2016


As part of our series on Private Tenancies, in this edition we look at the repair obligations of both the landlord and tenant. The responsibilities for repairs should be agreed by the landlord and tenant and set out in the Tenancy Agreement and the Statement of Tenancy Terms.

The landlord is always responsible for gas and electrical appliances and furniture safety. If the Statement of Tenancy Terms is not clear on responsibility for repairs the law will impose the following:-

Landlord responsibilities

  • The structure and exterior of the property, including exterior paintwork, drains, gutters and external pipes;
  • The interior of the property other than matters covered under tenants responsibilities;
  • Any installations for supplying and using water, gas, electricity and sanitation such as baths, sinks, wash hand basins and toilets;
  • Any appliances provided by the landlord under the tenancy using or supplying water, gas and electricity;
  • Any installations for space heating and water heating;
  • Any fixtures, fittings and furnishings provided by the landlord under the terms of the tenancy;
  • Keeping in good repair any common areas or access areas;
  • Keeping any access areas adequately lit and safe to use.

Tenant responsibilities

  • Taking proper care of the property;
  • Making good any damage to the property caused by the behaviour or negligence of the tenant, members of their household or any other person lawfully visiting or living in the property;
  • Keeping the interior of the property in reasonable decorative order;
  • Not carrying out alterations to the property without the landlord’s permission;

As advised responsibility for other repairs depends on what the landlord and tenant agree themselves.

Any specific queries can be directed to our Residential Property Team or forwarded to our general firm website