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48% Of Tenants Would Like To Withhold Rent Over Repair Delays

48% Of Tenants Would Like To Withhold Rent Over Repair Delays

Tenants wrongly attempt to

blackmail landlords over repairs

Private rental sector tenants are wrongly taking matters into their own hands and attempting to withhold rent from landlords over delays resolving emergencies like heating and electrical faults, according to new research by HomeServe.

The figures show that 1 in 3 PRS tenants have faced emergency repairs over the last 12 months,  with boiler faults and other central heating problems the most common.

Of those, 11% took the wrong action, attempting to withhold rental payments because they claimed that the landlord had taken an unacceptable length of time to deal with the repairs, and 48% of tenant respondents said they would also be willing to withhold rent should the need arise.

  • 1 in 4 problems take landlords more than a week to repair
  • 34% of private tenants have faced a home emergency in the last 12 months
  • 1 in 10 tenants who have had a home emergency withheld rent
  • 1 in 2 tenants would be willing to withhold rent if necessary to expedite repairs

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 Obey Gas SafetyLaws Or Face Prosecution – Landlords Warned

Gas Safety Is A Legal Responsibility

Gas Safety Is A Legal Responsibility

UK Landlords need a better understanding of the many laws and regulations regarding the safety of tenants in private sector rental accommodation, or they may find that non compliance with any of the prescribed regulations can make them liable for prosecution and will render their Landlord Insurance invalid.

UK Landlords have moral and legal responsibilities regarding the safety of all tenants living in private rented sector (PRS) rental accommodation, occupied under a lease or licence, which includes, but not exclusively:

  • Residential premises provided for rent by local authorities, housing associations, private sector landlords, housing co-operatives, hostels
  • Rooms let in Houses of multiple occupation (HMO’s), private households, bed and breakfast accommodation and hotels
  • Rented holiday accommodation such as chalets, cottages, flats, caravans and narrow boats on inland waterways.

The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 outlines the landlords’ duties to make sure gas appliances, fittings and flues provided for use by tenants comply with all the latest UK safety regulations and are not hazardous to the health of the tenant.

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