Guide to Landlord responsibilities

The Landlord and Tenant Act (1985) states that landlords are legally responsible for boiler repairs and servicing. They have a legal obligation to service any gas appliances required by the manufacturer as well as an annual gas safety check conducted by a registered engineer.

Landlords must keep copies of these checks and they must be supplied to tenants at the beginning of each tenancy in addition to keeping copies of the gas safety check record for at least two years.

However, tenants are responsible for the daily running of the boiler such as keeping the heating running when necessary and reporting any problems.

Here are three tips to help landlords with their responsibilities;

  1. Stay on the right side of the law by making sure the boiler is regularly serviced which could also save you money in the long run.
  2. Explain key things about the heating system to the tenants such as making sure it is kept on low heat in cold weather and keeping an eye on the pressure.
  3. Ensure the boiler is fitted in a well ventilated area.
  4. Make sure the radiators are flushed through on a regular basis to stop the build-up of sludge which creates blockages and boiler breakdowns.

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