Under the tenancy agreement tenants and landlords have different responsibilities for maintenance and appliance repair during tenancy – many agreements will try and make the tenant totally responsible which is unfair and unenforceable. So take a look at all you need to know about just what you and your landlords are accountable for…
Your landlord is responsible for most repairs including the structure of the building, the walls, banisters, and stairs, as well as the roof external doors, and windows. Problems with damp, gas and fire safety all come under the landlord’s jurisdiction.
Inside the landlord’s responsibilities include sanitary fittings such as the bath, toilet, and shower, and the plumbing and electrical side of things. But you need to check your tenancy agreement when it comes down to the landlord obligations for the washing machine, the fridge, or the oven.
These appliances are known as white goods and if they break down you need to be sure your landlord will deal with any issues. You may find that you’ll be responsible for maintenance such as replacing light bulbs in fridges, and cleaning out the filters in the washing machine, as this could then become your fault if the appliance stops working due to these tasks being overlooked.
As a tenant, you must look after your home sensibly. You must keep it clean and not damage the property in any way. You’ll need to use the heating properly and carry out small maintenance tasks ongoing such as replacing smoke alarm batteries and renewing sealant around the bath.
You’ll be responsible for any appliances that weren’t installed by the landlord such as electrical fires and heaters. Plugs and chains for sinks and basins will be down to you, as will the replacement of wash basins and toilet seats if the damage or discoloration has been caused by you.
Hinges, locks, and internal door handle issues in the kitchen and the bedroom, as well as internal plaster cracks on the walls and ceilings may also come under your responsibility – it’s really important to check.
You’ll have to pay for any damage but not if it’s classed as fair wear and tear. Remember that money will be deducted from your deposit when you leave to pay for any internal disrepair, so you need to keep the interior of your home in reasonable decorative order. This may also apply to the repair of any white goods if the landlord responsibility isn’t stated in your agreement.
Need a helping hand?
If you’ve caused the washing machine to have problems by overloading or general misuse you may need to call in the experts! When you want a professional to carry out washing machine repairs for you simply search online for some resources. You’ll be able to get a quote before your service begins and a trained technician will come with all the tools needed to get the job done. You’ll get a service guarantee and a receipt so if you’re able to claim the money back from your landlord you’ve got all the paperwork you need.