As a tenant you have certain responsibilities that have been set out by the government.
You must give your landlord access to the property to inspect it or carry out repairs. Your landlord has to give you at least 24 hours’ notice and visit at a reasonable time of day, unless it’s an emergency and they need immediate access.
You must also:
- Take good care of the property, eg turn off the water at the mains if you’re away in cold weather
- Pay the agreed rent, even if repairs are needed or you’re in dispute with your landlord
- Pay other charges as agreed with the landlord, eg Council Tax or utility bills
- Repair or pay for any damage caused by you, your family or friends
- Only sublet a property if the tenancy agreement or your landlord allows it
Your landlord has the right to take legal action to evict you if you don’t meet your responsibilities.
Your landlord can evict you if you fall behind with your rent – you could lose your home.
You can get advice if you’re in rent arrears or having difficulty in paying your rent from:
If you have any queries about the responsibilities you have as a tenant or need further advise on paying rent please do not hesitate to contact us.