Landlord Not Liable Until Notice of Defect

O'Brien and Another v. Robinson [1973] 2 W.L.R. 393 House of Lords HL The first appellant was the tenant, and the respondent was the landlord of a dwelling house, to which section 32 of the Housing Act 1961 applied so that there was an implied covenant by the respondent to keep in repair the structure and exterior of the dwelling house.

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Landlords’ Responsibilities for Repair and Maintenance

In addition to any repair responsibilities explicitly set out in the tenancy agreement, common law and statute will imply terms to the agreement between landlord and tenant.