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Under Section 11 of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985, the landlord of a tenancy of less than seven years is responsible for the maintenance of the structure and exterior of the property, the installations for the supply of gas, electricity, water and sanitation, and the installations for space and water heating. Section 12 of this Act makes it unlawful to place these responsibilities on to the tenant, and any clauses in a tenancy agreement which try to do this, will be void.

You sometimes get situations where you have a property requiring some remedial work, as mentioned in Section 11 of the 1985 Act. A prospective tenant might propose to rent the property at a reduced rent, in return for carrying out the required work within a given timeframe. Beware of your responsibilities in such a situation: once the tenant enters into a tenancy agreement, and pays the agreed rent, he is within his rights to refuse to carry out the agreed works, and the responsibility for them lies with you, the landlord.

14/12/2008 00:00

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