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  • Legal FAQs

    Does landlord have to be present with trades?

    Can anyone please help?  I have to have some quite urgent plumbing work done in two of the rooms in an HMO - the system has to be drained and it will be a job taking up most of the day... what is my responsibility?  I just can't be there every minute? 

    I've asked the tenants not to leave any small valuable items around... and in a week or two I'm having smoke alarms fitted in each room which will involve a small gang of electricians - I can't be in all rooms at all times Sad( help!

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    emergency plumbing? what needs must

    what undertakings or mechanisms did your contracts define about these things?

    for a trusted tradesperson we authorise keys...eg same engineer and his mate do all our gas cert and radiator heating checks each year...but it gets more tricky for example where the builder knows the proper mode but his subbies may be a law unto themselves

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    Perhaps send a "viewber" along to attend for the last hour to check that everything is in order and that the trades have cleaned up after them?

    Cost-effective viewing and access service

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    You dont have to be there. You are not required to supervise your tradesmen, they are your workmen and so you are responsible for their actions but you dont have to watch them. You have done the right things and it would be sensible to check the work as you are paying for it!

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    David Smith
    Landlord & Tenant Solicitor
    Anthony Gold Solicitors

    Find me on LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/in/dsnsmith

    All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of my firm. No comment made should be taken as legal advice and you should consult a solicitor or other legal professional for advice on your specific situation.

    Thanks everyone... I just wanted to know whether I am liable if something went missing from one of the rooms?

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