Whether you are a landlord or tenant, whether you are letting or renting residential property, it is essential that you are aware of your legal rights and obligations. Both parties are protected by the law and you should never act arbitrarily however unfairly or unreasonably you consider the behaviour of the other party.
What is the landlord responsible for?
- repairs to the structure and exterior of the property, heating and hot water installations, basins, sinks, baths and other sanitary installations
- safety of gas and electrical appliances
- fire safety of furniture and furnishings provided the landlord
- that the property is fit for habitation
- repairing and keeping in working order the room and water heating equipment
- common areas in multi-occupancy dwellings
Landlords should fully understand their general obligations. The Disability Discrimination Act, Sex Discrimination Act and Race Relations Act apply to anyone letting, selling or managing premises. If you are in doubt we would be able to give you the appropriate legal advice.
What is the tenant responsible for?
- paying the rent as agreed and taking proper care of the property
- bills for gas electricity, telephone, etc if this was agreed with your landlord
- in most cases, paying the council tax, water and sewerage charges
We can give you advice and assistance to help you ensure obligations are fulfilled so that you can avoid falling foul of the law.
Rent Deposit Scheme
Both landlords and tenants should be aware of the requirements of this scheme. View details of the Rent Deposit Scheme on DirectGov
Our expert is
- Amanda Greggs at our Peterlee office 0191 586 5711 or firstname.lastname@example.org