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Responsibilities

To ensure a smooth tenancy, landlords and tenants have certain duties and responsibilities. Some are legally required, while others are a 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 without fail (otherwise they are liable to pay interest from the due date)
  • Pay the council tax
  • Pay all utility bills and the TV licence, unless otherwise agreed with the landlord and stated in the agreement
  • Pay compensation for any damage done to the property during the tenancy (apart from general wear and tear). Damage could include breakages or leaving the property in an unclean condition at the end of the tenancy.
  • Use the property as home and not a commercial business.
  • Take good care of the property and its fixture and fittings,
  • Make sure the property is clean (professional cleaning at the end of a tenancy is often required by the tenancy agreement) and that all contents are left and intact.
  • Replace light bulbs and smoke-alarm batteries and carry out basic 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 alter the property or garden/ outside space in any way.
  • Not create unnecessary noise or disturbance to the neighbours.
  • Insure their own personal belongings.

 

 

You as landlord agree the following:

  • Allow the tenant to live in the property without being disturbed. Give at least 24 hours' notice if you want to access the property in any situation except an emergency.
  • Maintain the property and keep it in good state of repair at all times.
  • Ensure all gas, electricity and water supplies are installed and working.
  • Ensure that all equipment is safe and in working order and supply proof where necessary.
  • Provide all operating and safety instructions for all appliances and equipment.
  • Insure the property and the contents, fixture and fittings belonging to you. The tenant is responsible for insuring their personal belongings.
  • Charge a fair market rent.
 
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