Tenants' rights: A complete list

Tenants' rights: A complete list
While renting a property can never feel like it's truly 'your own', the fact is tenants do have a whole host of rights aimed at making their properties feel more like home.

Those rights are also in place to protect you legally as a tenant, so before you rent, it is definitely worth knowing where you stand.

Unfortunately, at times, landlords and tenants do end up in dispute.

So, knowing your rights is key...

What are your tenants' rights?

Your most important rights as a tenant are aimed at protecting you - both financially and from a health safety point of view.

So, you are entitled to:

  *  The right to live in a property that is safe and in a sound state of repair
  *  The right to have your deposit returned at the end of your tenancy agreement - provided you have met the terms of the tenancy agreement
  *  The right to have your deposit protected in a government-backed scheme
  *  The right to know who you landlord is
  *  The right to live in the property peacefully and without disturbance
  *  The right to a copy of the property's Energy Performance Certificate and to live in a property with at least an E rating.
  *  Protection from unfair rent prices and unfair eviction
  *  The right to not be charged fees by a landlord or lettings agent under the Tenant Fees Act

The tenancy agreement should also be fair and comply with all relevant laws.

Your responsibilities as a tenant

Being a tenant isn't simply a case of moving in and enjoying life.

As well as the rights outlined above, you also have certain responsibilities.

Those include:

  *  Taking good care of the rental property
  *  Paying the rent agreed in the tenancy agreement
  *  Paying all bills and charges as outlined in the tenancy agreement
  *  Repairing, or paying for, damage caused by you as the tenant or visitors invited to the property by you
  *  Complying with the terms of the tenancy agreement in regard to subletting

Understanding the tenancy agreement

Your tenancy agreement should contain the following standard information:
  *  Your name
  *  Your landlord's name
  *  The address of the property
  *  The start date of the tenancy
  *  The duration of the tenancy
  *  The amount of rent payable, when it should be paid and how
  *  A list of bills you are responsible for as a tenant
  *  A list of services supplied by the landlord (if any)
  *  The notice period required to terminate the tenancy

Inventories and your role as a tenant

While inventories are often seen as ways to protect landlords and their properties, they are in place for the benefit of tenants, too.

Essentially, an inventory details the condition of the property at the start of the tenancy, alongside photos, and then this is compared with the property at the end of the tenancy.

Both tenant and landlord have to sign the inventory at the start and end of the tenancy and inventories are usually performed by independent clerks.

A good inventory should work for both landlord and tenant and reduce the chance of a dispute over damage or the tenancy deposit due to the fact it presents clear evidence.

If you are looking for a property to rent or have any questions feel free to get in touch with your local Ellis & Co branch.