I’m under no illusion, Landlords have a bad reputation; real bad reputation.
Unfortunately, it’s a difficult stain to wipe off while so many rogue Landlords continue to operate.
Over the years I’ve seen some real shady landlords do the most bizarre shit, either because they’re too lazy to do a proper job, or because they want to cut corners in order to save money. From my experience, most of the wrong doings have been health and safety related e.g. neglecting to get a Gas Safety Certificate.
I don’t claim to be the best Landlord, but I try to be, and I do stick to the law by complying with all landlord legal obligations.
I think a major problem is that tenants aren’t always familiar with their rights and have no idea if they’re being mistreated or not. That unfortunately works in the favour of the rogue landlord. However, I’d like to think that the majority of sane tenants are aware of their most basic amenities they’re entitled to. For example, flowing hot/cold water and working heating. Surprisingly, some Landlords don’t even provide the basics, or take their sweet time to get the basics back in working order when repairs are required.
Report your bad landlord
If you’re a tenant and you’re fully aware that your landlord is breaking health and safety laws, you should do the following:
The Health and Safety Executive is the place to visit. There is an option to report a landlord online either via the website or via email. Alternatively, a designated team member will call you back within 1 hour (tested, and it works).
HSE will only deal with the present situation, and not with the past. So, if your landlord hasn’t provided you with a Gas safety Certificate for 3 years, the landlord walks unpunished for the first 2 years. As for the present situation, HSE does take immediate action and they start by writing a first letter, then a second one, and then they take the landlord to court if he/she fails to provide the certificate after the second letter.
So, if you’re a tenant that is at the mercy of a rogue landlord that isn’t complying with their health & Safety legal obligations, report him/her.
Out of curiosity, any tenants ever had a Landlord that neglected their legal obligations in any shape or form?