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Tenant Advice

Over a third of properties in England in Wales are rented and just over half of those are properties are owned by private landlords (2011 Census data). That's over 4.2m households. Even though the majority of landlords treat their tenants fairly and abide by the law, there are some who are unscrupulous and treat their tenants badly. If you are unlucky enough to have one of these as your landlord, it's vital to know your rights. Many tenants don't realise that landlords have responsibilities towards them and even when they do, sometimes they are too scared to question them or complain for fear of eviction. If you're one of these tenants and have a problem you need to discuss, we're here to help.

Problems facing Tenants

  • You don’t know what type of tenancy agreement you have, an assured tenancy or an assured shorthold tenancy
  • You’re not sure if your deposit is protected or you’re having trouble getting the deposit back from your landlord.
  • There are defects at the property and you’re unsure who is responsible for remedying them
  • Your property requires repairs and you don’t think they can be carried out with you living there
  • Your landlord is ignoring your tenant rights and is harassing you and you don’t where to turn
  • Your landlord wants to end your tenancy and you don’t know if he is allowed to.

Please see below for more information on some questions tenants may need answering

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Questions Tenants need answering

What should a tenancy agreement include?

  • The names of all the people involved
  • The property address
  • The start and end date of the tenancy
  • The rental price, how and on what date it's paid
  • Information on how and when the rent will be reviewed
  • The deposit amount and how it will be protected

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Can you explain my tenancy agreement?

Assured tenancies are rarely used these days, most landlords use Assured Shorthold Tenancies (AST's) which have a fixed term (usually 6 months) at the beginning of the tenancy and then if no new tenancy is agreed, the tenancy agreement rolls over into a statutory periodic tenancy, which can go on until either party gives the other notice.

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What are my rights and responsibilities as a tenant?

You have the right to:

  • Know who your landlord is
  • Live in a property that's safe and in a good state of repair
  • Have your deposit protected and returned when the tenancy ends
  • Challenge excessively high charges

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How do I end a tenancy agreement?

This will depend on your agreement, however, If you have an Assured Shorthold Tenancy, you may usually leave the property on the last day of the fixed term without giving any notice to the landlord, but if you stay just one day into the periodic term.....

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What are the grounds a landlord can use to evict me?

There are 17 grounds in total. Grounds 1-8 are mandatory grounds, in other words the court must give possession to a landlord if they are met.Grounds 9-17 are down to the discretion of the court. The most common ground used in Court is rent arrears (Ground 8), others include damage to the property, anti-social behaviour and using the property for illegal purposes.

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Need advice? Call our landlord & tenant specialist solicitors on 01935 823883