All tenants have the following rights:

  • The right to live in the property undisturbed
  • The right to live in a property that is in safe and in good repair
  • The right to information about your tenancy including a copy of any tenancy agreement and the landlord's details
  • Protection from unfair eviction
  • To have your deposit protected under a protection scheme and returned if you meet the terms of the tenancy agreement and do not damage the property
  • To have notice for any alterations in rent

If you fail to pay rent or breach other terms of your tenancy agreement your rights as a tenant can be affected.

Whether or not a tenancy agreement is in place, landlords and tenants still have certain rights and obligations under the housing legislation. Certain rights remain even if the tenancy agreement states otherwise, for instance; your tenancy agreement cannot usually stipulate you are responsible for repairing the structure of the property.

For more information you should seek legal advice.