A property should be free of serious health and safety hazards. If you rent your property it is normally the responsibility of your landlord to deal with any issues in relation to this. If you are a tenant you should ask your landlord to carry out any repairs.
As a tenant you also have responsibility for the up keep of the rented accommodation you live in; you have to use your home in a responsible way. This includes:
- Keeping it reasonably clean
- Not damaging the property, and ensuring that your guests don't either
- Carrying out minor maintenance (for example checking smoke alarm batteries)
- Using the heating properly (for example, not blocking flues or ventilation)
Landlords will not be responsible for any appliances you bought yourself so you should ensure that you have contents insurance that will cover accidental damage.
Your landlord must ensure that you are provided with adequate facilities. They need to keep these well maintained and in good repair including:
- Gas (ensure the engineer is Gas Safe Registered) and electricity, supply, lighting, space heating and hot water
- Toilet facilities, baths, sinks, wash hand basins
- Facilities for cooking and storing food
- Windows and other means of ventilation
- Any outbuildings, yards, forecourts or gardens used in common
- Boundary walls, fences and railings maintained so as not to be a danger to residents.
- Facilities for the disposal of litter and refuse.
Ask your landlord to put things right and ask for a timescale for getting works done.