Repairs - Landlords and tenants responsibilities

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It is the landlord's obligation to ensure that the premises and ancillary property are in a reasonable state of repair at the beginning of the tenancy and the landlord must maintain the premises and ancillary property in a reasonable state of repair (having regard to their age, character and prospective life) during the period of the tenancy.

This does not apply to repairs that the tenant knew were required at the start of the tenancy and agreed, in writing, to waive the right to have those particular repairs made. The tenant must notify the landlord orally or in writing that repairs are required. Notification should be given as soon as practicable after the tenant becomes aware that repairs are needed.

If the landlord requests the tenant to put the notification of repairs required in writing, the tenant will not be taken to have given notice unless it is given to the landlord in writing.This is important for the following sections.

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