Who is repsonsible for maintanence?
Question from Catherine Murray updated on 12th February 2009:
Our expert Jeff Montgomery responded:
Landlords are responsible for maintaining the property. If something wears out as the result of normal use, the landlord is responsible for repairing it. Tenants are obliged to tell the landlord about any necessary maintenance, so that the landlord can arrange for repairs to be done. Tenants are usually only responsible for the cost of repairing damage that they or their invited guests carelessly or intentionally caused. If you and your landlord are unable to agree about who will pay the cost of a locksmith/glazier, you can apply to the Tenancy Tribunal to resolve the matter. To discuss your situation further, or for advice and information about applying to the Tenancy Tribunal, you can contact the Department of Building and Housing on 0800 TENANCY (0800 836 262).
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