Tenants have responsibilities when they enter into a tenancy agreement and move into a property. If you abuse the responsibilities then you may be evicted from your home. Below are the types of responsibilities placed on a tenant.
You should keep up with your rent and pay on time. If you fall behind with the rent the landlord may seek to evict you before your tenancy agreement comes to an end.
You should keep up with the bills such as electricity or gas, if these are not included in your rent. If you do not keep up the payments, you may be cut off and have to pay for reconnection. It will not be your landlords responsibility to pay for reconnection if you have been disconnected due to your non payment.
You have a responsibility to use a property in a responsible way and take care of it.
Some examples of what this means are:
- Minimising the risk of burst pipes from cold weather when you go away for example by ensuring they don’t freeze
- Unblocking a clogged up sink
- Making sure you, your family or any visitors do not damage the property in any way. (Excepting through fair wear and tear)
- Removing rubbish regularly and not allowing it to build up
If the property is not looked after, the landlord may be able to seek possession of the property and you may be liable for the cost of the repair.
You should not abuse any fair term of your tenancy agreement for example regarding keeping pets, smoking in the property, damage or use of a garage. The landlord may be able to seek possession of the property before your tenancy agreement comes to an end if you break the agreement and you may loose your deposit and have to pay for any disrepair.
You must take care not to behave in an antisocial way that could upset your neighbours. You must also take care to ensure that any family members or visitors to your home also behave appropriately. If you do not behave in a reasonable manner you could find yourself evicted and you may have an antisocial behaviour order made against you. Antisocial behaviour can also affect housing benefit you may be receiving.
You also have a responsibility to end the tenancy in the correct manner. If you do not end the tenancy in the correct manner, or in agreement (in writing) with the landlord you may end up being liable for rent payments even if you no longer live at the property. See ending your tenancy.