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Shower head reparation - landlord´s responsibility?

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I´ve just moved in a flat in south England which happens to have a problem with the shower head.

The cold water works perfectly fine but, when trying to use hot water, the pressure is low and it doesn´t flow through the shower head. This means that, if we want to get a shower with hot water, we would either need to get a bath or wash ourselfs using our hands.

Of course, this is not a possibility as we can´t take a bath every morning before work. I´ve mentioned this to the landlord but his response was basically that the flat is cheap and that we´ll need to deal with it.

It is true that the flat is cheap for this city but this is not an excuse and he never mentioned any problem before we moved in. Is he legally responsible to fix the shower?

Thank you!


The law is clear-cut and simple when it comes to heating and hot water in rented homes. Under the Landlord and Tenant Act (1985) your landlord is responsible for the repair and maintenance of “central heating, gas fires, fireplaces, flues, ventilation and chimneys.”

See our article on ‘Heating and hot water’ for steps you can take to resolve the issue.

All the best.

Disclaimer: This information is derived from personal experience and should not be relied upon as a definitive or accurate interpretation of the law.

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