Dangerous defects are not necessarily by law, the Landlord's responsibility or in legalistic terms their LIABILITY. However Section 4 of the Defective Premises Act 1972 places a duty of care and responsibility on the Landlord (which would include the Agent) or any person or tenant that has been directly affected or injured by a defect of, or item in the property. ' To take such care as is reasonable in all the circumstances to see that they are reasonably safe from personal injury and from damage to their property caused by a relevant defect’.
When is a Landlord liable for faults with the property and contents supplied with it?
Section 4 rules that tenants or any person that has been affected by defects or items supplied in the property have a legal right to claim damages for personal injury or damages to the property that they have to incur costs to rectify.
The implications for liability makes this so important that Landlords (or their agents acting contractually on their behalf) should carry out regular inspections of the properties.
Immigration Act revised 2016 should a landlord or letting agent fail to ensure ALL tenants/occupiers have a righto reside for the duration of the tenancy then they may be fined £3000 for each breach. The Secretary of State may instruct the landlord to remove such persons without the need of a court order by way of reasonable force
Labour market enforcement - restriction on illegal migrants to work. A labour market enforcement undertaking (an “LME undertaking”) is an undertaking by the person giving it (the “subject”) to comply with any prohibitions, restrictions and requirements set out in the undertaking
Under section 42 of the County Courts Act 1984 it is possible for the Court to transfer a matter from the County Court to the High Court for enforcement but leave (permission) of the Court is required first. The transfer time varies from court to court and can take up to 28 days, but normally takes far less. An application to seek permission can be made either at the time of making the possession claim or after possession has been ordered.