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England | Landlord Responsibility for Repairs and Maintenance (England) | Responsibilities and Liabilities (England)

TV Aerial

30 Nov 2021 | 1 comment

In the tenancy agreement it says, “There is no TV aerial or satellite dish supplied by the landlord at the property. It is the tenant’s responsibility to repair, replace, maintain, install or change any TV aerial or satellite dish. During any change to a TV signal, it is not the landlord’s responsibility to repair, replace or install any TV aerial or satellite dish.”

However, upon the tenants’ request we had a TV aerial installed when the tenants first moved in (2015). Does this paragraph therefore imply that we should undertake and pay for any remedial works to the aerial if required?  I would like to clarify this before sending our tenants their new tenancy agreement.

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  1. guildy

    Interesting one where it was supplied at their request.

    The first thing to say is that not all landlords will enforce that clause, and can voluntarily repair an aerial if they wish. The intention is that they’re not bound in repairing due to the clause.

    In this case, not entirely sure if there was some implied agreement upon supply that it would also be kept in repair. We think that clause should still have the effect that the landlord doesn’t have to repair but accept it’s borderline.

    If it were us, we would leave it and see if anything is mentioned. If it gets mentioned, you may have to do an additional term agreeing to repair, but it would be better to avoid that and have the option.

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