Tenants Safety Responsibilities
Landlords and tenants should ensure that a property is as safe and secure as possible. Landlords have a duty to take care of Tenants before and during the tenancy. Tenancies have a responsibility to make sure the house remains safe and secure.
Information can be found on the Gov.UK site
- Private renting: Your landlord's safety responsibilities - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- Private renting: Repairs - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- Check how to get repairs done in your rented home - GOV.UK (justice.gov.uk)
Landlords and tenants must work together to ensure that repairs are undertaken as effectively as possible, which means cooperating about access.
- The law in this area says that 24hrs is a reasonable notice for a landlord to access a property.
Tenants must ensure Landlords have stayed up to date and are on top of testing requirements at the accommodation.
- Gas and electrical equipment should be safely maintained
- Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms need to be tested - Visit Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm guidance for landlords and tenants - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- Sticking to fire safety regulations for properties in purpose-built blocks of flats or where houses and property have been adapted into flats.
The Council uses the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) to ensure that properties in the area are safe for residents.
- More information can be found on Landlords' Responsibility before and during renting
- Ensure all external doors are fitted with secure locks that work
- For Houses in Multiple Occupation doors that lead to an escape route must be fire-resistant and must also close automatically. Landlords don’t have to provide fire extinguishers or fire blankets in a single household. But in shared houses (Houses in Multiple Occupancy), they must offer fire blankets in kitchen areas and at least one fire extinguisher on each property storey. Internal doors (including entrance doors to flats) should be made of appropriate materials, properly fitted, and, where applicable, fitted with self-closers.
- Additional locks can be fitted, i.e. chain lock for when opening the door to strangers
- Do not leave the property keys under doormats
- If door glazing is present, ensure it is secure and robust
- Letterbox security hoods can be used to assist in preventing people from trying to obtain keys through the letterbox
- Keep external doors locked when going out, even for a short time, e.g. keep the front door locked even when going into the rear garden
- Use the window keys to enable windows to be locked when not in use
- Concealed window restrictors for UPVC windows allow the window to be opened, allowing fresh air to come in but restrict small children from escaping and deter burglars
- Do not leave keys in view of a window or easy reach if a window is open
- Close and lock windows when going out, even for a short period, e.g. front room windows when using the rear garden
- Fitted with secure locks that work, and use the lock
- Consider a security alarm for the outbuilding or shed
- Secure items within, such as bicycles, including the use of ground anchor points
- Use of security lighting at the front and rear of the property
- Keep fences and gates in good working order and hedges trimmed and neat
- Use a lock on gates to prevent intruders from accessing the rear of the property easily
- Do not leave valuables on display
- Mark your belongings (security marking)
- Consider a small safe for jewellery and necessary paperwork
- Security alarm on the property and use it when you are away from the property
- Use timers for lights and radios for when you are out to give the impression someone is in
- Security lighting around the property
- If you are in rented accommodation, report any disrepair items directly to your landlord and agent
Condensation, Damp and Mould
- Click and download our handy guide with tips to reduce condensation, dampness and mould.
We are unable to offer legal advice in these matters and any information on these pages does not constitute legal advice. For up-to-date information and guidance please visit GOV.UK.