Landlords must keep on top of repairs

by Shirley Borrett

Landlords have been advised to consider the "age, location and character" of a property before they repair it ready for tenancy agreements to be signed.

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) said that owners have a responsibility to keep their properties in good condition, both internally and externally.

To assess the standard the house should be at they should consider other homes in the area, for example a late-Victorian property would not be expected to be in the same condition as a modern development.

Neil Marsden, environmental health consultant at the RLA, warned landlords about the risk of not doing appropriate repairs saying that "if we do not maintain our property in proper repair then tenants can go to a court".

According to the RICS' Building Cost Information Service, the average cost of home repairs and improvements has risen by 20 per cent in the past two years.

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Published on: November 27, 2008

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