Landlord Vs Tenant Maintenance

Landlord Vs Tenant Maintenance

It’s important to note that both landlord and tenant are responsible for the upkeep of the property.

We have provided a guide as to who is responsible for what, however, it can vary from property to property and if you are ever unsure, give us a call in order for us to provide our professional opinion.

LOCKS
Tenant Responsibility: 

Lost keys/mailbox key/fob, snapped key in lock, forced door.

Landlord Responsibility: 

Door jamming, faulty lock

ELECTRICITY
Tenant Responsibility: 

Replacement lightbulbs,  fuse trips, replacement batteries for smoke alarms/appliances etc

*lightbulbs include strip lighting and spotlights, regardless of height and casings.

Landlord Responsibility: 

Electrical faults, transformers etc

APPLIANCES
Tenant Responsibility: 

Changing fuses in plugs, emptying vacuum cleaners and washing machine filters

*test another appliance in the socket to determine whether its electrical or appliance fault.

Landlord Responsibility: 

Faulty appliances, loss of power.

*if a vacuum breaks these aren’t always replaced by the landlord

SMOKE ALARMS
Tenant Responsibility: 

Cleaning and testing them every week, replacing batteries when required

*control panel systems should be followed as above apart from there are no batteries that need changing. Avoid interfering with the panel as you could be charged a call out to reset the panel

Landlord Responsibility: 

Faulty alarms, that have not been triggered by tenant use

PLUMBING
Tenant Responsibility: 

Cleaning and unblocking toilet, sink, baths and any drains, including outdoor and indoor. Bleeding radiators, heating property adequately to prevent frozen pipes. Isolating any leaks.

*make sure everyone in your house knows where the stopcock is

Landlord Responsibility: 

Broken flushes, waste plugs, loose piping, leaks from back units etc.

HOT WATER - GAS
Tenant Responsibility: 

Monitoring boiler pressure, use valve to increase pressure

*boiler pressure should be between 1 and 2

Landlord Responsibility: 

All hot water repairs

HOT WATER - ELECTRIC
Tenant Responsibility: 

Monitor unvented water cylinder, ensuring autoclock is used correctly

*landlords will carry out annual unvented water checks at the property

Landlord Responsibility: 

All hot water repairs

DAMP AND CONDENSATION
Tenant Responsibility: 

Condensation

*to avoid condensation, dry washing outside, ventilate, use extractor fans, don’t overfill wardrobes, put heating on, wipe away any mould

Landlord Responsibility: 

Damp caused by structural defect in property (tidemarks on walls is an indication of this)

WASTE
Tenant Responsibility: 

To remove rubbish weekly, in relation to the dedicated bin days https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Rubbish-and-recycling/Pages/defa...

Landlord Responsibility: 

To remove any broken items once replaced with new, and any rubbish before tenants move in.

PEST CONTROL
Tenant Responsibility: 

Responsible for keeping general property clean and tidy to avoid, rats, mice, bugs etc.

Landlord Responsibility: 

Carpet moth and anything that happens on transfer of tenancies.

UTILITIES
Tenant Responsibility: 

TENANT RESPONSIBILITY: Unless agreed prior to moving in, the tenant is responsible for all utilities, including water, gas, electricity, TV license and council tax (where applicable). Remember students are exempt from council tax. To set up the utilities you will need to contact the below.

Water Welsh Water - http://www.dwrcymru.com/en/My-Account/Im-moving.aspx

Electricity and Gas -  Find out current supplier by contacting Western Power - http://www.westernpower.co.uk/

The most popular choices are

Council Tax - https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Council-tax/Pages/default.aspx

TV License - http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/