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It is your landlord's responsibility to keep the property you live in safe and free from health hazards. This includes repair and maintenance of gas pipework and appliances in safe condition.
As per legislation, starting on 1 July 2020, private landlords must make sure that all electrical installations are inspected and tested by a registered electrician. This is their responsibility and not the tenant's.
Hence, I advise you to make a formal and polite complaint with your landlord regarding this matter. Should the landlord ignore your demand, you may report his non-compliance with your local council.
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The responsibilities of landlord and tenant will be clearly set out in the lease. Normally commercial landlords are responsible for any structural repairs such as foundations, flooring, roof and exterior walls, and tenants are responsible for non-structural repairs such as air conditioning or plumbing.
You tend to be usually responsible for any maintenance and repairs not specifically identified as the landlord’s responsibility in the lease. The lease may specify that the you must keep the property in good condition, even if the property wasn’t maintained to the same standard at the start of the lease – this is called a ‘full and repairing lease’.
It will boil down to the terms of the lease. Could you send me a copy?
I have enclosed a copy of the lease for you to have a look at for me. I cannot see where we are responsible for the test and any resulting repairs, however, your expert eyes may find it different. I just want to know from someone independent. Thanks for your help. Joanne ********
Hi I sent over a copy of my lease, was hoping you had time to look at it, and tell me if I am responsible for the repairs to the electric sockets etc. as our landlords seems to think I am. Thanks Joanne **********