Who is responsible for repairing a broken windows in a rented property?
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Broken windows can lead to serious issues
When a broken window occurs in your rented property, it can be a source of inconvenience and can lead to other housing disrepair issues. Damp and mould can develop due to the broken window, creating an unhealthy living environment.
This article aims to clarify who is responsible for fixing broken windows in a rented property.
According to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, it is the landlord’s responsibility to keep the external structure of the home in good repair. This includes window frames, internal and external doors, door frames, as well as hinges, locks and handles on external doors.
In most cases, it is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure that any damage to the property is repaired. This includes the repair of broken windows unless the damage was caused by the tenant. The tenancy agreement should specify who is responsible for repairs and if the landlord claims that the tenant caused the damage, they must be able to provide evidence.
Failure by a landlord to carry out the necessary repairs may lead to disrepair issues, such as damp and mould, pest infestation and structural damage. Tenants can make a claim against their landlord if they fail to carry out repairs in a timely manner.
As a tenant, you also have a responsibility to maintain the facilities in your home and ensure that you do not cause any damage to them. If damage to these facilities was caused by another disrepair issue, then the landlord is responsible for covering repair costs.
However, if you are responsible for the damage, you may be required to carry out the repairs and cover the costs.
What should I do if a window breaks?
When a window breaks in your rented home, it is important to take immediate action to ensure safety and prevent further damage. Notify anyone else around of the broken window so that they can avoid stepping on glass shards and injuring themselves.
If the window was broken due to vandalism or criminal activity, document the incident and report it to the police.
Clean up the broken glass carefully and cover the broken window with tape until a proper repair is carried out.
Notify your landlord of the incident so that they have an opportunity to arrange a repair.
Making a housing disrepair compensation claim against a landlord
If you are living in a property in a state of disrepair, we may be able to help.
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