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My grand-daughter is a student and is sharing a house with three others. She signed a tenancy agreement accepting responsibility, among other things, for maintaining the drains. Recently they had to pay £180 between them to have these cleared. Is it right that a landlord should expect young students to be responsible for drains?

Such maintenance clauses are standard in tenancy agreements; the fact that your grand-daughter is young and a student doesn’t absolve her from these responsibilities I’m afraid! However tenants are only responsible for maintenance, not repair, and if there’s a long-standing problem with the property’s drains it will be the landlord’s job to sort them out. If the landlord organised the work I would insist on seeing the bill.

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