You must keep your property in good condition, and any gas or electrical systems must meet specified safety standards. You have a legal right to enter your property to inspect it or carry out repairs, but you must give your tenants at least 24 hours’ notice. Immediate access may be possible in emergencies. Your tenants have the right to stay in the property during the repairs.
As a landlord, you are normally responsible for repairs to:
- The structure of your property
- Basins, sinks, baths and other sanitary fittings
- Heating and hot water systems
- Any damage you cause through attempting repairs
If your property is seriously damaged by a fire, flood or other similar incident, you don’t have to rebuild or renovate it. However, if you do, you can’t charge your tenants for any repairs made.
You can ask tenants to move out during major repairs, but before this happens you should agree (in writing):
- How long the works will last
- Your tenants’ right to return
- Details of any alternative accommodation
You can’t repossess a property to do repairs. However, if you’re planning substantial works, or want to redevelop the property, you can apply to the courts for an order for your tenants to leave. The courts are more likely to grant this if you provide alternative accommodation.