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wick_s
26-05-2010, 10:52 AM
Hello,

I have a query hope someone can help.

I let a property through managing agents, haveing done so since summer of 2002. I let to them and they sub-let it. They have not yet asked me to carry out the latest gas/electricity checks. Does this mean that as my agreement with them is now over 7 years they are responsible for these or should i chase up and ensure they are done.

Any advise appreciated

Thanks in advance

jeffrey
26-05-2010, 10:58 AM
If you truly let to Agents:
a. the letting is not a residential let at all (as the Agents do not reside there, do they?); but
b. s.11 of LTA 1985 will nevertheless still apply (as the letting is 'a lease of a dwellinghouse', the requirement of s.13).

Result: you as L are inescapably liable for repairs unless the letting was originally granted for > 7yrs. [see s.13(1)].

wick_s
26-05-2010, 11:14 AM
Thanks for quick reply,

looking at the act now to see what it means. Accidental LL due to circumstances at the time and now live some distance away.

Wick

jeffrey
26-05-2010, 11:49 AM
Not accidental! You did deliberately let, didn't you?