Repairs

Your landlord has duties to undertake repairs if you have told them about the problem. Sometimes a landlord does not do the repairs; or disagrees that repairs need to be done; or disputes who is responsible. We can give you advice, and help you negotiate to get the repairs done, or take legal action to get them done.

Responsibility for repairs. Who is responsible?

Your landlord has duties to undertake repairs if you have told them about the problem. Sometimes a landlord does not do the repairs; or disagrees that repairs need to be done; or disputes who is responsible. We can give you advice, and help you negotiate to get the repairs done, or take legal action to get them done.

Under the Housing Act 2004 Knowsley Council has powers to take appropriate action to deal with hazards which could cause harm to people who either live or visit the property.

Knowsley enforcement officers will assess the risks in a property and instruct landlords to bring it up to the required standard. If the landlord doesn’t take action the council can appoint contractors to do the work and charge the landlord for the costs.

Landlords who do not carry out the necessary repairs could face prosecution and fined due to the disrepair.

For advice on dealing with disrepair please contact the Housing Enforcement Officers on 0151 443 4712.

What are the tenant’s responsibilities? What obligations does the tenant have?

Under common law, a tenant must use the property in a responsible way. He or she must take proper care of it. For example, he or she should turn off the water if there is a risk of burst pipes when he or she is going away and unblock the sink when it is clogged up by waste.He or she should not damage the property and should make sure that his or her family and guests do not do so. If they do, he or she may be responsible for the damage. Under the Rent Act 1977, the Housing Act 1985 and the Housing Act 1988, the landlord can seek possession where the tenant or someone living with him or her has damaged the property. Apart from his or her duty to take care of the property, the tenant generally only has to do repairs if the terms of his or her tenancy agreement say that he or she must. He or she cannot, under the terms of the tenancy agreement, be made to do repairs for which the landlord is by law responsible.