Write a Demand Letter to Landlords About Repairs Effortlessly

Landlord Protection Write a Demand Letter to Landlords About Repairs Effortlessly

Write a Demand Letter to Landlords About Repairs Effortlessly

If you are a tenant, you have the right to live in a safe and healthy rental. But do you know what to do to effectively get repairs made to your rental unit? Have you spoken with your landlord and gotten no help in getting the repairs made? DoNotPay has a new Landlord Protection product that can help with letters to landlords about repairs, as well as many other ways to get you the fair treatment you deserve from your landlord. And DoNotPay makes it fast and easy to write your demand letter, documenting the repairs that need to be made. We do this all in four easy steps!

Your Rights as a Tenant

In the United Kingdom, you have rights as a tenant that protect you from living conditions that are unfair or discriminatory, unsafe, or unhealthy. Your rights are:

  • To live in a property that is in good repair and safe condition.
  • Get your security deposit returned.
  • You can challenge excessive charges that were not agreed to in your lease.
  • Know the identity of your landlord.
  • To have protection from unfair rental practices, including eviction procedures that are unfair.
  • Live in the property privately and undisturbed.
  • Live in a unit that contains no health hazards.

Any lease that you sign should be compliant with the laws of the UK.

What Repairs Is the Landlord Responsible For?

For minor things, like replacement of light bulbs or batteries as well as keeping walkways clear of weeds and debris is the tenant's responsibility. As a tenant, you are responsible for keeping the unit clean and orderly, and the property should be maintained in a reasonable manner. Tenants are responsible for damage done to their own furniture and possessions as well as the repair of damages that they caused.

Landlords have responsibility for repairs and maintenance for the following:

Building exteriorsWhich include roofs, walls, siding, gutters, external doors and windows, and outdoor lighting if applicable.
Common areasCommon walkways, gardens, hallways, etc. are the landlord's responsibility for repairs and maintenance.
AppliancesThe landlord is responsible for the repair or replacement of any appliance that was supplied by them in the rental. This includes washers and dryers, refrigerators, cookers, ovens, dishwashers, air conditioning and the furnace.
FixturesBathroom fixtures, including water leaks around the fixtures, including toilets, showers, tubs, sinks, pipes and drains.
Electrical, gas, and waterThe landlord must be sure that all electrical wiring and outlets are in good repair, gas and water lines and boilers, etc that run off of these utilities are safe and operable.

How Long Does a Landlord Have to Make Needed Repairs?

The amount of time allowable for a landlord to make repairs will depend on the way the repair is classified:

  1. Emergency - The landlord must make emergency repairs that cause a health and safety risk within 24 hours.
  2. Urgent - Repairs that affect the comfort and convenience of the tenants must be repaired within five working days.
  3. Non-Urgent - Repairs of items that are not urgent must be repaired within 28 working days.

How You Can Prepare a Letter for Your Landlord to Make Repairs

If the repairs are those that the landlord is responsible for, you are responsible for letting them know, in writing, what repairs need to be completed, why they are needed, and a timetable for getting them done. Include in this demand letter the following information:

  1. Your name and the address of your rental property.
  2. Address it to your landlord or leasing agent.
  3. Describe the repairs that are needed, for example, the refrigerator quit working.
  4. List the reasons that you feel the repair is urgent or an emergency. For example, all the food is spoiling inside the refrigerator.
  5. Ask that the repairs be made within the lawful timeframe. In this example, you may ask that the refrigerator be repaired as soon as possible because it is an emergency since you will have no food to eat.
  6. Sign the letter and give your contact information so that the landlord can respond.

If you get no response from your landlord, or if they refuse to make the repairs, you can take further action, such as taking your landlord to court. It is important to continue paying your rent to avoid eviction for non-payment. Keep copies of all correspondence that you send to your landlord and any actions that you may have taken to remedy the situation yourself. If a health or safety issue is caused by the lack of repair, you can contact the environmental health department.

How DoNotPay Can Help With Landlord Repairs

DoNotPay is here to guide you through it and file your disputes on your behalf. It can be difficult when you are working with an unresponsive or uncooperative landlord. DoNotPay understands that dealing with this issue is costing you precious time and money and may even be adding to your stress level. But we can help! All you need to do is:

  1. Search for and open the Landlord Protection product on DoNotPay.

     

  2. Select which issue applies to you.

     

  3. Answer a simple set of questions so our chatbot can collect the necessary information to create your demand letter.

     

  4. Choose whether you want DoNotPay to send the demand letter to your landlord or roommate on your behalf. If you already tried sending a demand letter, and it didn't work, we can help you start the small claims court process.

And that's it! You should hear back from your landlord directly once your demands are sent. Let DoNotPay help today!

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