Does Your Landlord Have Full Drain Blockage Coverage?

Your landlord should ideally cover most of the drain blockages in and around the rental property. However, there are certain things that the landlord does not have to deal with. Most importantly, refer to the rental agreement that was signed between both parties, the landlord, and the tenant, to check for the list of things that will be covered by the landlord.

You can hold your landlord responsible under the following situations:

  • Blocked drains, sewers, external waste or drain pipes
  • Blocked arising out tenant’s constant use
  • Repairs to hot water cylinders or boilers
  • Repair and maintenance of pipes, fittings, valves, and radiators
  • Repair, damage or discoloration of chains or stoppers in bathrooms, sinks, tubs, drainers or kitchen washbasins due to previous tenant’s use, due to wear and tear or due to faulty installation procedures
  • Repair, damage or discoloration of toilets, toilet seats, commodes, toilet covers, washbasins due to previous tenant’s use, due to wear and tear or due to faulty installation procedures
  • Repair around the amenity areas unless the local authorities are responsible for it

However, you cannot hold your landlord responsible for:

  • Blocked drain and waste pipes in the street or gully
  • Works that need to be carried out by the insurance company or local council

As a tenant, you are held responsible under the following situations:

  • Repair or damage to chains or stoppers in bathrooms, sinks, tubs, drainers or kitchen washbasins
  • Replacement of chains or stoppers in bathrooms, sinks, tubs, drainers or kitchen washbasins due to tenant consistent use
  • Repair or damage of toilet seats, commodes, toilet bowls or toilet washbasins
  • Replacement of toilet seats, commodes, toilet bowls or toilet washbasins

You can have a CCTV drain survey Glasgow installed around your premises or request your landlord to install one for you. CCTV footage provides a detailed report, which is very useful to identify any constant fault with the drains of the house.