Renting a property – a guide to your rights and responsibilities

2 min Read Published: 25 Sep 2013

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When you rent a residential property there are certain rights and responsibilities that must be adhered to by both the tenant and the landlord. As a tenant it is vital that you should be aware of your rights and responsibilities in case any problems arise during your tenancy.

Here is a guide to tenants rights and responsibilities:

As a tenant you have the right to -

  • live in a property that is safe and in a good state of repair
  • have your deposit returned when the tenancy ends - and in some cases this deposit should be protected
  • challenge excessively high charges
  • know the identity of your landlord
  • live in the property undisturbed
  • see an Energy Performance Certificate for the property
  • be protected from unfair eviction and unfair rent
  • have a written tenancy agreement

As a tenant your responsibilities are -

  • take good care of the property 
  • pay the agreed rent, even if repairs are required, or you have dispute with your landlord
  • pay other charges as agreed with the landlord such as Council Tax or utility bills
  • repair or pay for any damage caused by you, your family or friends
  • do not sublet the property without the landlords agreement
  • allow your landlord access to the property to inspect it or carry out repairs - your landlord has to give you at least 24hrs notice and visit at a reasonable time of the day, unless immediate access is required due to an emergency

If you do not fulfil these responsibilities your landlord has the right to take legal action to evict you.

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