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The Tenant Perspective From Both Sides

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In today’s blog post, we are going to look at renting properties from both sides of the coin, i.e. tenant support and outlining responsibilities for tenants to follow. 


Outlining Tenants Responsibilities


Lettings agents need to be fair and honest with both landlords and tenants. One way this is achieved is by ensuring that both parties are aware of their rights and responsibilities in relation to the property in question. Here, the main responsibilities of the tenant are outlined.


When living in any lettings property, from five-bedroom family properties to student studios, your primary responsibility as a tenant is to pay the agreed rental amount in full and on time. If there is an occasion when this cannot happen due to unforeseen circumstances, then you must let the landlord know as soon as possible so a way forward can be agreed. Also, remember that you cannot withhold rent for any reason, including disputes with your landlord or because of repairs that are outstanding. 


You are also responsible for keeping the property in good order and not allowing damage to be done to the property or any fixtures and fittings. If anything does happen, it should be reported immediately. If you want to make any changes to the property that are not listed as acceptable in the tenancy agreement, you must ask permission. Most landlords will accommodate reasonable requests as long as they have been asked and are kept informed. 


Remember you also need to provide reasonable access to the landlord for inspections and repairs to be carried out to the property. If you choose to end your agreement and leave the property, it is your responsibility to provide the agreed notice period and to remove all of your belongings from the accommodation.


Supporting Tenants Rights


Renting a property through a letting agent is about more than just getting access to a great number of properties in one place. Choosing to rent through this route can aid tenants in ensuring that the landlord they choose undertakes their responsibilities and does not compromise the right of the tenant.


There are a number of ways in which lettings agents can support the rights of tenants. This including providing templates for tenancy agreements, keeping their details safe and providing a point of communication for both parties. However, it is important for the tenant to know what their rights are when renting a property. 


As a tenant you have a right to know who your landlord actually is; when working through letting agents rather than a management company, you usually meet the landlord when you first view the flat, apartment or house that you are interested in. Once you start a tenancy you also have a right to expect repairs and maintenance to be carried out within a reasonable time frame. 


Related to this is your right to live in safe and secure accommodation. Landlords need to provide gas safety certificates and proof that the electrics have been tested within the allotted time frame. You also have a right to privacy and to be able to enjoy living at the property without unfair interruption. This means that if the landlord does need to come to the property they need to give you adequate notice. Additionally, you have the right to be protected against unfair eviction, and unfair rental cost increases.


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