Landlord's Obligations
Tenancy Deposits

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15 years ago
If a tenant is in arrears, and maybe you are seeking repossession on the grounds of this, remember that you are still legally liable for your landlord’s repairing covenants under Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. For example, if the central heating boiler breaks down or the electricity keeps tripping out and is faulty, you should get them repaired, whether or not your tenant is paying the rent, otherwise the tenant could be entitled to claim compensation from you. You cannot try to force your tenant to leave by not having the repairs carried out.

A similar situation arises with gas safety checks. It is a legal requirement to have these carried out at least once every twelve months, whether or not there are considerable rent arrears.

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