What are my tenant's responsibilities?
It is important to understand your tenant's responsibilities as well as your own as the landlord.
Your tenant's have the following responsibilities, to:
- Take good care of the property – e.g. by turning off the water at the mains if they are away in cold weather, keeping it clean etc.
- Carry out any maintenance you have agreed with them as part of the tenancy e.g. unblocking drains, or clearing gutters
- Pay the agreed rent
- Pay other charges as agreed with the you, the landlord - these may include council tax or utility bills
- Repair or pay for any damage they cause, or that is caused by their family or friends
- Only sublet a property if you, the landlord, allow it
- Always ask your permission about having pets
- Be neighbourly, minimising noise or other disturbances. For instance, by telling neighbours if they are going to have a gathering or carrying out works involving drilling etc.
- Dispose of their household rubbish in the appropriate manner, keeping refuse areas clear and clean
- Inform you if they intend to be away for any length of time from the property, usually more than 14 days
- Properly heat and ventilate the property to prevent the build up of damp and condensation.
More information about tenant's responsibilities can be found on the following websites:
If you would like some advice about your tenant's responsibilities you can contact us using the form on the right hand sidebar.
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