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When is a landlord responsible for replacing your bathroom?
Sanitation is a fundamental element of your wellbeing – it protects human health, thereby increasing life expectancy. For the past few centuries, sanitation is considered one of the most important features of any property, and is typically preached in the bathroom. However, what if your bathroom fails to deliver on providing effective sanitation?
As a homeowner, it would be your responsibility to ensure the bathroom is fully operational, but what if you’re a tenant in a rented property?
As part of a rented property, landlords have rights and obligations to fulfil, as part of both an agreed tenancy agreement, and under UK law. Of course, these laws and obligations extend into the property’s bathroom.
Read on to learn more about the landlord’s responsibilities, specifically when they are responsible for replacing your bathroom and how M J Burt Property Maintenance Ltd’s Repairs & Renovations and Property Repairs & Maintenance services can help.
What does the law say about the landlord having to replace your bathroom?
Under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, landlords are legally obligated “to keep in repair and proper working order the installations in the dwelling for the supply of water, gas, electricity and for sanitation (including basins, sinks, baths and sanitary conveniences) but not other fixtures, fittings and appliances for making use of the supply of water, gas or electricity”.
This means landlords must supply you with running water and functional sanitation facilities. Landlords must also make repairs to the bathroom facilities – the basins, sinks and baths – as and when they are reported by the tenant to ensure functionality. Do note landlords do not have to improve the facilities – only to provide working ones.
It is also important to know that as the official legislation of the UK, the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 supersedes any tenancy agreement signed between the tenant and landlord.
How can we help repair the bathroom?
Bathroom repairs and property maintenance specialists
With over two decades’ experience providing a whole array of refurbishment needs, we at M J Burt have the skills and expertise to offer a wide range of domestic and commercial services for landlords: