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Landlord and Tenant Act 1985

The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 introduced minimum standards that a landlord owes to their tenants.

Key provisions include:

Sections 1 to 3A - Tenants have the right to know the full identity of their landlord extending to a list of all directors if the landlords happens to be a company.  

Sections 8 to 10 - Provide that the property will be fit for human habitation which includes  "repair, stability, freedom from damp, internal arrangement, natural lighting, ventilation, water supply, drainage and sanitary conveniences, facilities for preparation and cooking of food and for the disposal of waste water".

Sections 11 to 17 - creates duties on landlord to repair properties in leases of less than 7 years.  The Landlord's repairing obligations are set out as follows:  "the structure and exterior of the dwelling-house (including drains, gutters and external pipes)", installations for "water, gas and electricity and for sanitation (including basins, sinks, baths and sanitary conveniences", and "for space heating and heating water".

Sections 18 to 30 - concern service charges and the limiting of 'supplementary charges'.  Please also refer to the recent Tenant Fees Act 2019 which goes someway further.

You can download the complete Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 HERE