With mortgages being increasingly difficult to secure, the rental market is growing month by month. If you are renting from a landlord we have put together this handy article to outline your rights and what you can expect to receive from your landlord.
1. Written rental agreement.
2. If you have taken your tenancy on or after 6th April 2007 your landlord should have used the Tenancy Deposit Scheme which safeguards your money.
3. Urgent house repairs.
4. As of 1st October landlords must fit a smoke alarm on every storey and a carbon monoxide alarm in every room with a solid fuel burning appliance.
A recent survey of British tenants carried out by Easyroommate found that 25% of tenants had not been provided with a rental agreement nor had their landlord provided them with urgent house repairs.
New section 21 notices mean rogue landlords can be heavily fined for housing offences such as:-
1. Permitting/causing overcrowding.
2. Illegally evicting/harassing a tenant.
3. Failure to give tenants at least two months’ notice to leave a rented property.
4. Any offence under the Housing Act 2004.
If you, a friend or family member have sustained injury whilst in rented accommodation due to lack of maintenance please contact us to discuss your options. We may be able to assist you with making a personal injury claim.
For any other concerns with your tenancy agreement/landlord we suggest you contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau in the first instance.
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