Repairing your home - Responsibilities

You are responsible for the following items:

  • Internal re-decoration
  • Repairing damage caused by member of household or visitors
  • Replacement of broken glass
  • Clearance of blocked waste pipes
  • Letter box repairs/replacements
  • Replacing lost keys
  • Repair or replacement of hat and coat rails
  • Renewing plugs and chains to sinks, baths and basins
  • Renewing electric light bulbs, tubes and starters for fluorescent light fittings, plugs and fuses
  • Making good minor cracks and holes in plaster
  • Repair or replacement of washing lines
  • Renewing individual TV or radio aerials and satellite dishes, unless provided by the council on certain dwellings; (note that permission is required from the Council before these items are installed)
  • Wooden sheds (unless provided by the Council)

The Council shall keep in good repair the structure and exterior of the premises including the following:

  • drains, gutters and external pipes
  • the roof
  • outside walls, doors and windows
  • internal walls, skirting boards, door frames, floors and ceilings, but not including internal painting or decoration
  • chimneys and chimney stacks
  • fences, gates, sheds and garages erected by the Council
  • paths, steps and other means of access to the premises
  • glass to windows and doors

The Council shall also keep in repair and working order existing installations for the supply of water, gas and electricity, for sanitation and for space and water heating, including:

  • water and gas pipes and electric wiring
  • electric sockets, light fittings and other fixed electrical fittings
  • basins, sinks, baths, toilets, flushing systems and waste pipes
  • water heaters, boilers, fireplaces, fitted fires, heaters and radiators

The Council will take reasonable care to maintain shared entrances, halls, stairways, lifts, passageways, lighting, communal TV aerial systems, laundries and other shared areas.

Contact Us

Richmondshire District Council
Mercury House
Station Road
North Yorkshire
DL10 4JX

Phone: 01748 829100
Fax: 01748 826186
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