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028 9024 5640: Housing & Debt Helpline for Northern Ireland

Repairs – Responsibilities and Remedies 2015

Written in 2015.

Getting repairs done is one of the most common enquiries to the Housing Rights advice line. It is a topic which causes a lot of distress for tenants in the private rented and social rented sectors; especially when repairs are delayed or not addressed at all.

The problems with repairs include:

  • Determining who is actually responsible for carrying out the repairs i.e. is it the landlord or tenant who is responsible?
  • How can that responsibility be enforced?
  • What are the remedies?

In addressing the above issues this resource will look at:

  • The role of the tenancy agreement in determining repair responsibilities;
  • Statutory default repair obligations;
  • Response times for repairs;
  • Enforcing repair obligations, including the role of fitness and public health legislation and Environmental Health;
  • Complaining about repairs.