Know your Rights
Private Rented Accommodation:
There are many different types of Accommodation available for rent.
The following is a brief summary of the most common types of accommodation.
Suitable for no more than 1-2 persons. It is usually cheaper than a
flat with less space and facilities available. One room is used for
sleeping, eating, cooking and living.Bathroom and toilet facilities are
usually shared with other tenants in the building.
For 1 or more people depending on size. Self contained with separate
bedroom/s and normally own bathroom.
More space, self-contained and usually offers better equipment and
facilities. It is usually the best value for money as the cost of renting
can be split evenly between the tenants.
A person would normally have their own bedroom although sometimes it
may be sharing. You take meals at a time agreed with the host family and
you would also be sharing their basic facilities i.e. Bathroom, Television.
Landlord and Tenant agreements:
Tenants have legal rights and duties when renting from landlords. They
are derived from general landlord/tenant law as well as from any written
or verbal tenancy greement between you and your landlord. . The following
is a list of headings where it is helpful to know your rights should problems
occur either as a Landlord or Tenant.
Privacy: As a tenant you are entitled to quiet enjoyment of your domicile.
Your landlord is only allowed enter with your permission. Any repairs or
inspection to be carried out by the landlord should be made by prior arrangement
with the tenant.
These include paying your rent, keeping your premises in good order,
avoiding damage or nuisance and complying with any special terms set down
in your tenancy agreement, verbal or written.
Rent Books: Landlords are required by law to provide tenants with a
rent book or written letting agreement or lease. All payments made to a
landlord must be recorded in the rent book or by written statement. In
addition to this the rent book must contain the information about tenancy
Inventory of Contents:
The address of the dwelling
Name and address of the landlord and his agent (if any)
Name of tenant
Duration of the tenancy
Amount of rent to paid and how it is to be paid
Details of other payments ( electricity)
As a landlord you must record, in the rent book, details of furnishings
and appliances provided. It is desirable (though not compulsory) to also
record their condition as this can help prevent disputes about damaged
or broken items.
Court Order for Eviction: If a tenant doesn't leave on the appointed
day, the landlord may go to court for an eviction order. Where a tenancy
is legally over, the court will grant an order, which is carried out by
General Points to remember:
Deposits: On agreeing to rent premises most Landlords look for a deposit
(often a week's or a month's rent). The amount and purpose of the deposit
must be recorded in the rent book.
Leases and Letting Agreements: If you are signing a lease or agreement,
it is important to read it carefully and to consider what you are agreeing