The responsibilities of both tenant and landlord are likely to be detailed within the tenancy agreement, but some conditions may vary from one property and landlord to the next.

September 2, 2014

 Here is a general guide of what is expected, whether you are a landlord or tenant. You should seek the advice of a solicitor if you are in any doubt about your legal position when either letting or renting a property. 

Tenant responsibilities

  • To pay the agreed rent in full and on time
  • To make sure no damage is caused to the property or its contents, whether by yourself or members of the household or visitors
  • To consult your landlord about making any alterations to the property, requesting written permission
  • To report any damage or need for repairs to the landlord
  • Not to cause disturbance, nuisance or annoyance to neighbours
  • To provide the landlord with access to the property for the purpose of inspection, or to carry out repairs, as long as sufficient notice has been provided
  • To obtain written permission from your landlord if you want to sub-let or take in a lodger
  • To give the agreed amount of notice to your landlord if you wish to terminate the agreement and leave the property
  • Not to leave the property unoccupied for longer than 14 days without informing the landlord or managing agent
  • To know and be aware of the full terms of the tenancy agreement
  • To know the name and address of the landlord

Tenant rights

  • To reside in a property that is in adequate condition for rental purposes, free from defects
  • To receive reasonably prompt repairs and maintenance to damaged items
  • To live in safe accommodation, with all equipment, gas and electrical systems meeting the required safety standards
  • To have a CORGI-registered Gas Inspection Certificate produced annually and at the start of each tenancy
  • To have peaceable and quiet enjoyment of the property, free from demands for access without prior notification, or interference with utilities or other supplies to the property
  • To have a rent book, if the rent is payable on a weekly basis
  • A reasonable (statutory) period of notice if the landlord wants the agreement to end
  • To have the security deposit returned within a reasonable period of time (within 30 days) subject to the necessary checks on the property and up-to-date rental payments

Landlord responsibilities

  • To allow tenants to reside in the property without disturbance
  • To make reasonably prompt repairs and undertake maintenance to the property if required
  • To maintain the structure and exterior of the property, hot water installations and water supply, electrical wiring, basins, baths, sinks and toilets
  • To ensure the building complies with building regulations
  • To ensure that all gas appliances are safely maintained by CORGI-registered engineers
  • To make sure all electrical equipment is safe to use
  • To provide furniture (if the property is furnished) that meets the necessary fire-resistant regulations
  • To provide and maintain fire alarms, fire extinguishers, fire blankets, fire escapes and smoke or heat alarms.

Landlord rights

  • To repossess the property if the rent remains unpaid for 14 days or more, where the tenant breaches the terms of the tenancy or becomes bankrupt, or enters into an arrangement with creditors
  • To dispose of any property left at the premises unclaimed within a specified period of time
  • If the tenancy contains a break clause, either the landlord or the tenant can exercise this after the first six months of the tenancy
  • To enter the property after providing the tenant with reasonable notice of doing so (usually 24 hours)
  • To seek possession of the property if the tenant has damaged it
  • To collect overdue rent payments from the tenant

Whether you're a landlord or a tenant, for more information and advice, read our guide to being a landlord and our renter's guide - tenant advice article.

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Some information contained herein may have changed since it was first published. PrimeLocation strongly advises you to seek current legal and/or financial advice from a qualified professional.

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