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Responsibilities and liabilities of the landlord and agent

This section deals with the practical matters you should consider prior to letting a property. This includes the legal requirements as well as best practice for the safe and effective letting of a premises including:

  • The requirements surrounding Energy Performance Certificates
  • Responsibilities for repair, both statutory and at common law [See A brief introduction to law]
  • The new Housing Health and Safety Ratings System.
  • Responsibilities for gas and electrical safety
  • Furnishings and fire safety
  • Responsibilities of managers of Houses of Multiple Occupation

>> This chapter contains the following sections:

Energy Performance Certificates

Landlords' responsibilities for repair and maintenance

Implied terms in tenancy agreements

Common law implied terms

Statutory implied terms

Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (as amended)
Access to property
Breach of repair obligations
Defective Premises Act 1972
Occupiers' duty of care
Local authority repair powers

Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)

Landlords' responsibilities
HHSRS Enforcement
More information on certain hazards
Excess Cold
Falling on Stairs etc.
Damp and Mould Growth
Residential Property Tribunal Service

Decent Homes Standard

Gas safety

Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998
Exceptions to the regulations
Room sealed appliances
Indicators that an appliance is faulty or dangerous
Tenants' duties

Electrical safety and electrical goods

Landlords' duties and responsibilities
Building Regulations part P
Further guidance

Safety of furniture

Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

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