Information for landlords of privately rented homes
A landlord is responsible for most repairs in a rental home. Responsibilities include repairs to:
- electrical wiring
- gas pipes and boilers
- heating and hot water
- chimneys and ventilation
- sinks, baths, toilets, pipes and drains
- common areas including entrance halls and stairways
- the structure and exterior of the building, including walls, stairs and bannisters, roof, external doors and windows
If repairs do need to be done, the landlord should also redecorate, if needed, once the problem is fixed. The landlord is always responsible for these repairs even if the tenancy agreement says something different.
How long does the landlord have to do repairs?
Repairs must be carried out within a reasonable period of time. The timescale depends on how serious the problem is.
More information on landlord’s responsibilities can be found on the government website, GOV.UK - Renting out your property.
Asking a tenant to leave
To end a tenancy you will have to serve a written notice on your tenant.
If you are considering asking a tenant to leave your rental property, you must carry out certain procedures to ensure you are complying with the law. If you don’t carry out the eviction process properly you could be breaking the law and be liable for prosecution. The tenant could also claim compensation from you.
Further information on how to carry out an eviction legally can be found on the website: Shelter - Eviction notices from private landlords.
If you are having a problem with your tenant, Derby City Council offers a free ‘Call before you serve’ service to landlords to help them resolve issues that may result in a tenant being evicted.
Further information and advice on all aspects of renting homes can be found on the website National Residential Landlords Association: Looking after your property