To ensure a smooth tenancy, landlords and tenants have certain duties and responsibilities. Some are legally required, while other are little more obvious and are more about good old fashioned respect and consideration.
The tenant agrees the following:
- Pay the agreed rent on the agreed date
- Pay the council tax
- Pay all utility bills and TV licence
- Use the property as a home, not a commercial business
- Take good care of the property and it’s fixtures and fittings
- Make sure the property is clean and that all contents are left intact
- Replace light bulbs and smoke alarm batteries and carry out general maintenance such as looking after the garden or other outside space
- Keep the property secure at all times
- Let the landlord or managing agent know of any repairs or maintenance needed on the property, as soon as it arises
- Not to alter the property or garden/outside space in any way
- Not to create unnecessary noise or disturbance to the neighbours
- Pay compensation for any damage done to the property during the tenancy. Damage could include breakages or leaving the property in an unclean condition at the end of the tenancy.