Are white goods a landlord’s responsibility?

Legally, if landlords supply white goods with their rental property, they’re obligated to ensure all appliances are in good working order as part of contract law.

Under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, meanwhile, landlords are responsible for:
• Maintaining and repairing the structure of the property, including drains, gutters and external pipework
• Maintaining and repairing gas, water, electric and sanitation supplies.

Landlords are also responsible for ensuring hobs and ovens are kept in good working order, although this doesn’t fall under the obligations outlined in the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985.

The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 also stipulates that tenants must have the means to prepare food safely. This means landlords must supply an oven and hob by law, in order tenants can prepare hot food. In addition, landlords providing white goods in their rental properties should include what might be considered ‘basic amenities’ like a fridge, freezer and
washing machine.

Any electrical white goods supplied by a landlord must be safe and those that use the gas supply are subject to the gas safety inspection all landlords must legally have carried out every 12 month.

Who is responsible for repairing white goods?
A landlord is legally responsible for the repairs or replacement of electrical white goods supplied with their rental property as part of contract law.
Service packages and unique subscription supply and service options like CLM’s Complete Care are a great way for landlords to protect themselves against costs associated with replacing white goods if they break down.

It is also advised that landlords provide tenants with an operating manual and initial demonstration / training for each appliance so they know how to use them properly and to avoid any claims being rejected as a result of

CLM’s all inclusive packages provide:

Delivery, Installation, User Training, Unlimited Call-Outs, All Parts,
All Labour, Replacement equipment when required, 24/7 free phone support and all compliancy checks and certifications, all for a low subscription on an on-going basis.

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