Repairs to Your Home
The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 states that where the landlord has granted a tenancy, the landlord will normally be responsible for:
Keeping in repair, the structure and exterior of the home, including drains, gutters and external pipes
Keeping in repair and proper working order, the installations in the home for the supply of water, gas, electricity and sanitation (including basins, sinks, baths and sanitary conveniences), but not other fixtures, fittings and appliances for using the supply of water, gas or electricity
Keeping in repair and proper working order, the installations in the home for space heating and heating water
‘Keep in repair’ means that the landlord must keep up the standard of repair from the start of the tenancy. The landlord must also ensure that the premises are put into repair even if they were not in good repair at the start of the tenancy. ‘Repair’ does not include any duty to carry out improvements. A claim by a tenant to a landlord because of an attack of black mould in a property was rejected by the courts as the damage was due to condensation and did not directly result through any disrepair.
Now and then, you’ll need repairs carried out. We will do some of them, and others, will be your responsibility. You have to repair damage caused by your family or visitors.
The following table is a list of some common repairs that are your responsibility and those that are Inquilab’s. The list is not intended to be exhaustive. If you have any questions on the responsibility of a repair, please contact us.
Outside your home
Glazing (unless caused by a crime and you have obtained a specific crime number)
Pests such as mice, wasps and cockroaches
Sheds and outhouses
Garden fencing, front and rear
Inside your home
Blocked toilets, baths and basins, toilet seats, shower heads and hoses
Internal decorating including floor coverings, doors and locks
Light bulbs, including fluorescent strips
Batteries in smoke detectors
Outside the home
Door entry systems
Windows and frames (but not glazing)
Roofs, gutters and down pipes
Inside your home
Annual Gas Service
5-year annual electrical inspection
Replacement of toilets, baths and basins (fair wear and tear only)
Replacement of kitchen (fair wear and tear only)
CCTV, smoke detectors and fire alarms in communal areas
When you report a repair
When you report a repair, we will give you a job reference number and the name of the contractor who will be doing the work. You can choose the following appointments:
Morning or afternoon
The first or last call of the day
An appointment between 10am and 2pm to avoid the school run
Types of repair
Repairs fall into one of three categories:
Emergency repairs, which we aim to carry out within 24 hours
Routine repairs, which we aim to carry within 14 calendar days
Most repairs fall into the routine category.
Emergency repairs and how to report them
ALWAYS report an emergency repair to Inquilab by calling 0208 607 7777. Our out of hour’s service will take your call when the office is closed.
An emergency could be:
- A water leak you cannot stop
- An electrical fault that means you have no lights or power
- The total loss of an essential service, such as gas, water or electricity
- Major structural damage
- A serious security problem, such as a street door that cannot be locked
- A gas escape, in which case contact the national freephone gas emergency number on 0800 111 999
Our contractor will make the situation safe and if necessary return later to carry out a permanent repair.