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What about a landlord's responsibilities?

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In most cases, it is the responsibility of your landlord to ensure that:

• The structure and exterior of your property, for example, the roof, windows, and ceilings etc are in repair, and
• The installations for the supply of water, gas and electricity and for sanitation and heating are in proper working order.

If the landlord fails to provide this, you should seek legal advice from the Citizen’s Advice  Bureau.

Gas safety

Your landlord has a legal responsibility to ensure you live in a safe and healthy environment. All gas appliances in the house should be checked periodically by a CORGI registered professional for gas leaks and other problems.

If your landlord fails to repair any faulty appliances that could be dangerous, such as likely to cause carbon monoxide poisoning or explosions, you can take legal action against them.

Fire safety

All furniture provided by your landlord must be fire resistant. Your landlord has certain fire safety responsibilities, depending on the type of accommodation you live in, for example if it is a rented room, a hostel, a house or flat.

Electrical safety

Legally, there are no requirements for your landlord to provide all electrical goods and installations with an Electrical Safety Certificate, but your landlord is responsible for repairing and maintaining all the electrical installations and the wiring in the accommodation.

If you are concerned about the electrical safety and equipment in your home and the landlord refuses or fails to act, you should contact the local Citizen’s Advice Bureau to see if you can take any action against the landlord.