Landlords urged to keep on top of repairs

When entering into a tenancy agreement, landlords need to be aware that they are responsible for the upkeep of any properties they let, one charity has emphasised.

Citizens Advice highlighted that many tenants do not dare complain about the state of their properties over fears of being evicted.

"We want to make sure people have the right information about their legal rights and can get the advice they need in this complex area of law," noted chief executive Gillian Guy.

The group emphasised that finer details of landlord responsibilities are laid out in the tenancy agreement, so it is worth referring to this before pursuing any sort of action.

Speaking to the property owner is generally the best first step to take, otherwise it may be worthwhile to send a letter and keep a copy for future reference.

If the property is causing health problems, the charity recommended getting in touch with the Environmental Health Department at the local council.

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Published on: July 5, 2011

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