Tenants' rights and responsibilities in privately rented accommodation

If you are a tenant in privately rented property you have certain rights and responsibilities, and your landlord also has certain obligations.

You have the right to:

  • live in a property that's safe and in a good state of repair
  • have your deposit returned when the tenancy ends
  • challenge excessively high charges
  • know who your landlord is
  • live in the property undisturbed
  • see an Energy Performance Certificate for the property
  • be protected from unfair eviction and unfair renthave a written agreement if you have a fixed-term tenancy of more than three years

Your responsibilities

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's responsibilities

Your landlord must keep the property you live in safe and free from health hazards.

Gas safety

Your landlord must:

  • make sure gas equipment they supply is safely installed and maintained by a Gas Safe registered engineer
  • have a registered engineer do an annual gas safety check on each appliance and flue
  • give you a copy of the gas safety check record before you move in, or within 28 days of the check

Electrical safety

Your landlord must make sure:

  • the electrical system is safe, eg sockets and light fittings
  • all appliances they supply are safe, eg cookers and kettles

Fire safety

Your landlord must:

  • follow fire safety regulations, eg check you have access to escape routes at all times
  • make sure the furniture and furnishings they supply are fire safe
  • provide fire alarms and extinguishers

Find out more information about renting privately on the gov.uk website.

 

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