Structure - 'Good repair' obligation in RLA agreement
AST agreement provided by RLA states (Section D, clause 6 on page 5):
D We agree to do the following.
6) Keep the structure and outside of the property in GOOD REPAIR
(capital letters are for my emphasis)
Now, what is (the state of) 'good repair'?
I gather that a clever tenant can exploit this clause in order to make life difficult for a landlord. This may potentially effect a possession claim if the tenant can show that they have formally informed the landlord about the lack of conformance.
What can be done to mitigate this loophole?
Re-wording of the clause to make it more specific and minimalistic. A 'good state of repair' is not same as 'habitable state' for example.
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