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While landlords are in a position of responsibility when renting their property, they’re also entitled to their own rights.

Rent Entitlement

It may sound obvious, but landlords are entitled to receiving rent for letting out their property.

If tenants leave the property without giving proper notice, landlords may be entitled to charge rent up to the date when notice should have expired or up to the end of the tenancy agreement.

If tenants stop paying rent, landlords can take the matter to court and try to get a court order for eviction.

Treatment of Property

Tenants are obliged to look after the property and contents and should take care of the accommodation by doing small jobs, such as unblocking drains or cleaning windows, which can be mentioned in the tenancy agreement.

If a tenant damages furniture or fittings, the landlord should be told so they can agree on how the repair or replacement will be made. The landlord may deduct part or all of the tenant’s deposit to cover the cost of damages.

If damage to the landlord’s property is substantial or the property is in constant abuse, the landlord may turn to the courts for eviction.

Right of Entry

Landlords are allowed “reasonable access” to their property to carry out repairs.

“Reasonable access” depends on why the landlord needs to get access, so in an emergency for example, they are entitled to immediate entry.

Landlords also have the right to enter a property for inspection purposes and to empty a fuel slot meter but must give at least 24 hours’ notice.

Insurance

Landlords are not responsible for the tenants’ contents within the accommodation should damage or loss occur. It is up to the tenant to arrange insurance cover for their own possessions.

Business

If tenants move out and start using the whole rented accommodation for business purposes rather than residential, landlords have the right to evict.


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