What are your rights as a tenant?
You can check your rights and responsibilities on your tenancy agreement. As a tenant moving into a privately rented property, you have a number of rights and responsibilities, just like your landlord. If you are unsure of your rights and responsibilities just read through the agreement for clarification. It will define your rights and responsibilities.
The rights of a tenant
As a tenant in a private rented property, you and your landlord co-sign the tenancy agreement before you move in. The tenancy agreement provides you with a number of rights:
- The right to live in a property that’s safe and in a good state of repair.
- The right to have your deposit returned at the end of the tenancy considering you meet the terms of your tenancy agreement. If you started your tenancy after 2007 and have an assured shorthold tenancy agreement, then your deposit should also be protected by your landlord for the duration of the tenancy.
- You have the right to challenge any charges that you believe are ‘excessively high’.
- You have the right to know the identity of your landlord.
- You have the right to live in the property undisturbed.
- You have the right to see the property’s energy performance certificate (EPC), gas safety certificate, and electrical safety certificate.
- Also, you have the right to be protected from unfair rent and unfair eviction.
- You have the right to have a written agreement if you have a fixed-term tenancy of more than three years.
- As of 1 June 2019, to not have to pay certain fees when setting up a new tenancy. This is according to the Tenant Fees Act (commonly referred to as the Tenant Fee Ban).
About your tenancy agreement
If you have a written tenancy agreement, then it should be fair and compliant with the law. You must be given a copy of your tenancy agreement. That informs you about your rights.
Likewise, if you’re reading the above and you’re not sure who your landlord is, then you can make an enquiry with your letting agent or the person you rented the property from. Your landlord has a legal requirement to let you know who they are. Your landlord can receive a fine if they fail to tell you within 21 days. If you’re unsure and you have a tenancy agreement, then read it carefully as this is where the information’s usually displayed.