Tenants Responsiblities

Tenant obligations are the terms the tenant is required to uphold in a landlord-tenant agreement. Some of these obligations are spelled out in the rental agreement, while others are understood to be part of the landlord-tenant relationship.

Tenancy Documents

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Damp and Mould Problems

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Heating Problems

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Landlords Property Access

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Reporting a Repair

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Giving Notice

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A Tenant’s Responsibilities

Tenants have a responsibility for maintaining certain aspects of the property, such as the garden, furniture (which must be fire resistant) and any equipment supplied by the landlord. The tenant must ensure the property:

  • Is clean
  • Is not damaged by themselves or anyone else
  • Is not smoked in by themselves or others
  • Is looked after and general maintenance is carried out such as changing fuses, light bulbs and unblocking sinks and top water drains when required.
  • That the heating system is used responsibly, ensuring that no vents are blocked or heaters are not blocked.
  • Not to dry washing indoors without adequate ventilation.

If a tenant causes any damage to furniture or the interior of the property then the landlord has a right to charge the tenant for any repair work carried out or replacements needed, through deducting damage costs from the deposit.

Acting In A Tenant Like Manner

Just as a landlord is expected to provide a habitable place to live, free of dangerous or unsanitary conditions, so is the tenant expected to do their part to maintain the habitability of the space.

Whilst we as Landlords have a lot of responsibilities, such as ensuring there is adequate heating and hot water, and that drains and sanitary facilities are kept in working order, tenants also have an obligation to look after and carry out jobs around the property and this is called acting in a ‘Tenant-Like Manner”.

This is part of the legal responsibilities of being a tenant;  it basically means treating the house as if it’s your home. Just as if you were the homeowner, minor maintenance issues like changing light bulbs and attempting to unblock drains or toilets are usually the responsibility of the tenant as they would if you owned the house.

Other Responsibilities

You are responsible for the insurance of your own contents and personal effects. You are also responsible for providing a TV Licence whether or not a TV is provided by us. You are also required to make your own arrangements for the provision of a phone connection/line/broadband subject to the landlord’s agreement. Landlord approval must also be obtained to have Sky etc. set up at the property. You are responsible for regularly checking all smoke alarms and replacing batteries when needed (when they bleep).

It is your responsibility to contact Utility Companies, Local Council etc. about your Tenancy. You must contact the utility companies with relevant meter readings (and the council), both after you move-in and after you move-out to ensure your account is dealt with correctly. Please bear in mind that your responsibility for these services is for the duration of the contractual tenancy which may not necessarily be exactly the same as the dates of the occupation.

Looking after the property

We expect you to look after the property as if it were your own. Where applicable, this also includes the garden area. Responsibility for the property rests wholly with the tenants during the tenancy period. Any problems that may occur or repairs that are necessary MUST be reported in writing, either via WhatsApp or Text, or email or our website through. We aim to resolve any repairs issues for you as soon as possible.  If you are absent from the property at any time it must be fully secured and you must inform us so that the mains water can be turned off. In the event that the property is burgled you must contact the Police and advise us immediately. Please ensure you obtain a crime reference number. You will be accountable and held responsible for any damage through wilful neglect or misuse during the period of the tenancy.

Damp and Condensation

One of the most common reports we receive from tenants is that their walls are developing a dark mould. The concern in this instance would be damp, but more often than not it’s a build-up of condensation, which is much less of a worry!  During cold weather, it’s recommended that the heating is left on as often as possible, for at least three hours at a time. The warmer the house is, the less condensation will gather on the surfaces. Keeping windows open when cooking and showering, generous use of extractor fans and avoiding drying clothes over radiators will all help to keep moisture levels down and prevent mould from growing.  We have a page dedicated to Damp and Condensation issues, please click here for more details.