Millions of people all across the UK live in homes or flats they do not own. They rent from various landlords both private and public. The safety and well-being of each tenant is very often resting in the hands of their landlord.
A landlord is any person or entity that owns a building and allows others to use it for an agreed-upon fee. That definition covers housing authorities, letting agents, property owners and nice little old ladies with spare rooms to let, all in equal measure. If you are letting out a property you should be well-apprised of your responsibilities. If you are a tenant, you should be equally aware of your rights.
The landlord’s obligation includes all of the living area. That encompasses the actual living space (the flat, the house or the room) as well as any common areas. Walkways, car parks, hallways and gardens must be safe and liveable as well. If conditions exist that could allow or cause an injury, the landlord could be found liable and the tenant could make a claim for compensation.
Any instance where a landlord in negligent in the up keep of a property could be cause for compensation. A few of these circumstances could include the following:
- Unlit walkways or hallways
- Broken pavement
- Poorly maintained electrical outlets
- Defective stairs
- Missing railings
- Carbon monoxide
- Illnesses caused by mold
If these or any similar conditions are present and a tenant or guest is injured, the landlord could be subject to a claim for compensation. These claims can be very costly, especially if a court find the landlord has been negligent in his duties. Landlords should carry liability insurance to cover any such claims that are made against them and their properties.
Both tenants and landlord should also seek counsel so that they are aware of all of the rights and responsibilities of their rental agreement.