Landlord Drain Maintenance

Did you know landlords are legally responsible for maintaining and repairing their tenants’ drains? Did you know your tenant may bring a legal action for compensation when you failure to meet this responsibility? Did you know this claim could cost you many thousands of pounds if successful.

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If so you will likely take your drain maintenance responsibility very serious indeed. Given the complex network of properties our landlord customers must manage, we now offer a bespoke drain maintenance package designed to meet this challenge.

Knowing your legal responsibility

By virtue of section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, landlords are legally required to maintain and repair their tenants’ drains. Section 11 applies to ‘assured short-hold tenancies’ i.e. those less than seven years in duration. See section 13 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 for a comprehensive definition of such a tenancy.

The risks of legal action

A failure to comply with tenants’ rights set out in the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 may result in hefty damages being awarded in your tenant’s favour. The modern tenant is all-to-aware of his or her legal rights, particularly given the ease in which information is accessible via the internet. The number of successful actions brought against landlords for failing to maintain tenants’ drains has dramatically risen over the last decade. To make matters worse local press and TV stations have made it their mission to ‘name and shame’ landlords at fault. Therefore complying with the law is vital for the long-term success of your business.

How our landlord drain maintenance works

RPD is able to dramatically reduce the risk of claims that tenants may bring against you. The service we offer is designed to suit the specific needs of your business, having regard to the size of your portfolio and available budget. We offer planned maintenance and an emergency call-out. In both instances, our engineer arrives at the tenant’s leased property and determines the maintenance needs of your drains. This may involve a CCTV drain inspection followed by basic drain jetting or other forms of basic drain cleaning. Corrective action ensures drains are kept in excellent condition throughout the year.

Issues such as root intrusion may require a more evasive form of drain repair such as relining or excavation.

About RPD

Call today on 07415 104247 for quick unblocked drains. RPD covers Liverpool, Wirral, Manchester, Ellesmere Port and Chester. Click here to contact our team today.