Know Your Rights: A Guide For Tenants

As a tenant, it is essential that you know your rights. When you are moving into a property, you will have several responsibilities of your own. However, you will also have rights as a tenant in the same way that your landlord has responsibilities for you.

In this article, we’ll discuss your rights as a tenant and provide some useful advice for first-time renters.

Where To Turn For Advice

If you need support, there are several places that you can turn to. The citizen’s advice bureau will be able to help to signpost you and provide you with some basic advice. For more in-depth legal advice you will need to speak to a specialist Tenant and Landlord Solicitor.

Turning to a legal firm for support will be a worst-case scenario. Many problems between tenants and landlords can easily be ironed out through good communication and by having a good understanding of the regulations that both parties have to keep to.

What Are The Rights Of A Tenant?

As a tenant, you have several key rights. These include:

  • The right to live somewhere that is safe and in good repair
  • You have the right to know who your landlord is
  • You have the right to live in the property without intrusion
  • The right to have your deposit protected and returned to you at the end of your lease. If there has been any damage to the property, the landlord may make deductions from your bond as long as they are fair.
  • You have the right to challenge any deductions made from your deposit.
  • You have the right to be protected from unfair eviction and disproportionate rent
  • If your fixed-term tenancy is more than three years, you have the right to a written agreement.
  • You have the right to see your properties energy performance

In addition to these rights, your landlord must give your at least 24 hours notice of any plans to enter the property.

As long as the landlord provides reasonable warning and will be attending at an appreciable time, you should provide them access. This can be with or without you being there.

What Are The Responsibilities Of A Tenant?

As a tenant, you have responsibilities too. It is important that you understand these as a failure to abide by them may lead to your eviction.

You should make every effort to maintain the property to the same standard as when you moved in. If there are any problems with the property, these should be reported so that they can be fixed. If you have a garden, you should ensure this is kept tidy.

You must pay the agreed rent and deposit when it is required. Failure to pay your rent could lead to you needing to move out.

If the tenancy agreement states that you are responsible for paying your own utility bills and other bills associated with the home then you must do this. This may include the following bills; water, energy, home insurance, and council tax.

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