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Landlord responsibilities are spelled out in the Residential Tenancies Act. If you have access to the Internet, you can download this document from the Government web site:

We provide the following extract from this web site: "The landlord rents residential premises to a tenant. The landlord must abide by the requirements of the Residential Tenancies Act. One of these requirements is that the landlord must ensure the premises (and ancillary property) comply with health, safety and housing standards. The landlord must provide the premises in a reasonable state of cleanliness and repair and must maintain them (having regard to their age, character and prospective life). The landlord is to abide with all the conditions included in the tenancy agreement and supply agreed services."

The Landlord has an obligation to:

  • Provide the premises in a clean and reasonable state
  • Maintain and repair the premises
  • Ensure that the tenant is given reasonable peace, comfort and privacy whilst living in the premises
  • Pay council rates and taxes; provide and maintain locks to ensure the premises are secure

You also have the right to inspect the property, but appropriate notice must be given to the tenant first. The amount of notice required is all spelled out in the Act. In addition to maintenance, it is essential that you keep the property insured, particularly keeping in place appropriate Public Liability Insurance.