We are often asked “who is responsible for the repair or replacement of White Goods supplied by a landlord at the start of a tenancy?”
What are “White Goods?”
White goods are washing machines, fridge-freezers, tumble dryers and dishwashers, all traditionally coloured white.
There is no statutory duty on the landlord to repair/replace white goods, however, there may be a contractual obligation on either party. If a provision has been included in the tenancy agreement, this will have to be taken into consideration.
Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act sets out a landlord’s repairing obligations during a tenancy. So where the landlord has supplied White Goods, are they responsible for the repair if they break down? The act does not specifically mention White Goods, thus not making landlords responsible.
But, any electrical appliances that are supplied by the landlord must be safe pursuant to the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994. Where they have been supplied they must be of a reasonable standard.
Decide who is to take responsibility to repair/replace White Goods and include a comprehensive provision within the tenancy agreement.
Prior to a tenancy commencing, ensure that tenants are fully aware of any provisions made in the tenancy agreement. The last thing you want is a tenant later being advised they have to fork out for White Good repairs!
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