Landlord and Tenants Rights and Responsibilities
published on 22/11/2017
If you have decided to rent a property, then you and the landlord have certain responsibilities to ensure your tenancy is a smooth one.
Take good care of the property, this doesn’t mean you have to carry out repairs, but it does mean you should be careful. For example, don’t leave water running, make sure any leaks are reported and if you go away during the winter, turn off the water to avoid burst pipes.
Pay your rent and any other extra payments, such as service charges on time and pay for any damage that has been done by you or any visitors to your home.
You have the right to enjoy your tenancy undisturbed by your landlord. If he or she needs access to carry out repairs you should get at least 24-hours’ notice, unless the repair is an emergency. You have the right to expect your home to be in good repair and to receive your deposit back at the end of the tenancy.
Your Landlords Responsibilities
Firstly, the deposit which you put down at the beginning of the tenancy should be put into a government approved tenancy protection deposit scheme within 30 days of receiving the money.
Your landlord must make sure that where you live is safe. That means he or she must have had all gas appliances installed by an engineer registered with Gas Safe. The appliances must be checked once a year and you are entitled to a copy of the gas safety record when you first move in or within 28 days of the last inspection.
All electrical appliances should work and be fitted safely. There should be enough plugs and sockets for the number of appliances, for example, in a kitchen.
Each property should have a smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide alarm if you have a wood stove or a coal fire. Furnishings should be fire safe and there must be more than one smoke alarm and extinguishers if you live in a property which has multiple occupancy.
Unless your tenancy agreement has a clause, which allows you to make repairs, you should leave these to your landlord. He or she is responsible for any common ways, the structure of the building, pipes and flues, heating and hot water, sanitary fittings and wiring. Most of these items will be covered under a buildings insurance policy. If you want to protect the contents of your property you can take out a contents policy with an insurance company.