Although your landlord has many responsibilities during your tenancy, such as ensuring there is adequate heating and hot water and that drains and sanitary facilities are kept in working order, tenants also have an obligation to look after and carry out small jobs around the property. It is called acting in a ‘Tenant like manner’ and it is part of the legal responsibilities of being a tenant. It basically means treating the house as if it were your own.
Just as if you were the homeowner, minor maintenance like changing light bulbs and attempting to unblock drains or toilets are responsibilities of the tenant, as well as regularly emptying washing machine filters and vacuum bags. Doing this will help keep your appliances working at their optimum level.
You should also regularly check your boiler pressure, to make sure you do not suddenly run out of hot water or heating. Instructions for doing this can be found on our Tenants Tips page.
One of the most common reports we receive from tenants is that their walls are developing a dark mould. The concern in this instance would be damp, but often it is just a build-up of condensation, which is much less of a concern. During cold weather, it is recommended that the heating is left on for at least three hours at a time and the house ventilated when possible. This will reduce the levels of condensation forming on surfaces. Keeping windows open when cooking and showering, generous use of extractor fans and avoiding drying clothes over radiators will all help to keep moisture levels down and prevent mould from growing. For further information visit our High humidity, mould & condensation page.