Spotlight on Regulations for Residential Landlords - Health and Safety
- AuthorAndrew Morley
Landlords today face a bewildering array of regulations. Many are centred around tenant safety and might be thought matters of common sense or good practice, but any breach could lead variously to a fine, compensation claim, a Prohibition Notice requiring remedial works to be undertaken, render any Notice Seeking possession ineffective against the tenant or even find the landlord behind bars.
With this in mind this regular series aims to highlight the main responsibilities the landlord has to contend with.
Health and Safety – all landlords have a general duty to ensure the health and safety of their tenants by keeping the premises free from anything which might be seen as hazardous to health or safety. In a perhaps surprising interpretation the situation is covered by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 because landlords are seen as being self-employed for the purpose of the Act and so owe a duty as employers and that extends to “other persons” (i.e. other than direct employees) which includes tenants.
This Blog is written to raise awareness of these issues. While every effort has been made to ensure that it is correct at the time of first publication it may not be updated, even if the law changes. It is not intended to be specific legal advice and cannot be relied on as such. Chattertons are not responsible or liable for any action taken or not taken as a result of this Blog. If you think any of these matters affect you then we would be happy to advise.