Who is responsible?

Whether you’re a tenant renting a property, or a landlord leasing one, there may be times when you aren’t quite sure who is responsible for certain aspects of the tenancy.

Many of the circumstances in which this kind of confusion could arise will be defined within your tenancy agreement - the terms which you agree to upon signing – and in some instances, landlords may even be legally required to fulfil certain obligations. But, there’s still a chance that you could have doubts as to whether or not you’re responsible for resolving a given issue, or in charge of managing certain aspects of the property.

This guide is an easy way to help you identify the lines and determine where the responsibility for common aspects of the tenancy is likely to fall – with the landlord or with the tenant. Of course, it's always important to have landlord insurance in place in the event that the worst happens.

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