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Summary of Landlord and Tenant responsibilities and rights
Key to the successful letting of a property is a clear understanding and communication between the landlord and tenant. For those new to renting property, outlined below is a brief summary of some key responsibilities and rights that you should be aware of. More detailed information can be obtained from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
- Repairs for the rental property. The landlord is responsible for repairs unless the property is let on a fixed term let of 7 years or more.
- Gas and electrical appliances safety for the rental property.
The landlord is required to maintain all gas appliances in good order.
The landlord is required to ensure that an annual gas safety check is carried out by a registered with CORGI tradesperson.
The landlord must also ensure that the electrical system and any electrical appliances that he or she supplies such as cookers, kettles, toasters, washing machines and immersion heaters are safe to use.
Unless the property is being let on a temporary basis (i.e. whilst the landlord is temporarily working away from home) then all furniture and furnishings (manufactured from 1950 onward) supplied by the landlord must comply with the fire resistance requirements defined in the Furniture and Furnishings Fire Safety Regulations 1988.
- Council Tax
The tenancy agreement should set out responsibilities for paying Council Tax for the property. Normally the tenant is responsible for paying Council Tax unless the property to rent is a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). If there is any doubt as to whether you are responsible for paying the Council Tax contact your local authority for advice.
The tenancy agreement should set out responsibilities for paying Water and Sewerage charges. Normally the tenant will be responsible for paying water and sewerage charges unless the property to rent is a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). If there is any doubt to who will be liable for these charges contact the water utility company for the area.
These may include utilities such as gas, electric and telephone. It is normal for the tenant to be responsible for utility bills however this should be clarified with the landlord as part of the tenancy agreement.
The tenant is required to take proper care of the property and use it in a way that is responsible, to pay the property rent as agreed, and to follow the terms of the tenancy agreement unless those terms contravene the tenant?s rights in law.
Landlord and Tenant rights
- Landlord rights of access to the rental property
- The tenancy agreement will normally specify the arrangements for the landlord or the landlord?s agent to access the property for carrying out repairs and for periodic inspections. If these are not specified the tenant should ask fro them to be clarified. It should be noted that that landlord or landlord?s agent has a legal right to enter the property to carry out repairs and to inspect the condition of the property with a minimum of 24 hours written notice.
- The tenant has the right to live in the property as their home. Therefore the landlord should ask for permission before entering the premises.
- The landlord cannot evict the tenant without a possession order from the court.
- If the landlord sells the freehold of the property the tenant still retains the right to remain in the property, as the tenancy will be binding on any purchaser.
- Matters such as whether you can keep pets at the rental property should be negotiated and included in the terms of the tenancy agreement. It is not uncommon for landlords to have specific exclusions for pets to be kept at the property you rent.
- Whilst there are statutory responsibilities and rights that apply to both the tenant and landlord, it is helpful to include them within the tenancy agreement for improved clarity of understanding by both parties.