Everyone in this world is not lucky enough to reside in their own home. Because of professional or job related needs you may have to live in a city that is far away from the city or town where you own your home. Often students, from other countries, get admitted in different renowned universities for having quality education. In such situations, people have to live in a rented home or residence that is very close to their office premises or university campus.
Throughout Great Britain, the renting of home or residence is a common practice among persons and students who are foreign to a particular city. However, persons or families (known as tenants) living in a rented residence, have to face difficulties whenever there is conflict of interest or misunderstanding with the landlords. To ease the difficulties, the UK government has set up some rights that the tenants can legally secure during their tenancy.
· Safety of the Residence
As a tenant, it should be your foremost requirement to have the rented house safe. This safety requirement by tenants is backed by the law of the United Kingdom. Before you hire any residence, make sure that the respective residence is safe for living for you and your family (if applicable). If there are some things or aspects that are not up to the standards, you must be given access to get them repaired.
· Return of Deposits
Most of the Landlords, at present, require the tenants to deposit a particular amount of money. That deposited amount is kept as a protection against any damages of the rented property by the tenants. After you have ended your tenancy, the respective landlord is supposed to return your deposited amount. However, if you have damaged the landlord’s property, the respective landlord may not return your deposit. Obviously, this may be deemed illegal, if the tenant has no faults on his part. You should also ask your landlord to place the deposit (paid by you) on any of the tenancy deposit protection (TDP) schemes.
· Rational Charges
If you find any charges demanded by the landlord excessive or illogical, then you can practice your legal rights to challenge that.
· The Identity of the Landlords
You should have the identity along with the contact addresses of the landlord. If you have hired the residence through a third party, then you should ask the third party, in writing, to supply the necessary details about the landlord. If you do not receive the answer within 21 days, you can sue the third party. There are some agencies like The Lettings Room that serve act as intermediary between landlords and tenants. The third-party associative services are beneficial to both landlords and tenants, if provided by a trustworthy agency.
· An Undisturbed Environment
You can legally demand for an undisturbed environment in your hired residence. The landlord is bound to ensure a living environment that is conformed to the standard.
· Viewing of Energy Performance Certificate
Before you rent a residence, never forget to ask for the Energy Performance Certificate issued against that property. The certificate must be issued within the past ten years.
· Eviction and rent amount must be fair
Landlord can evict the tenants only if certain conditions are met. The rent set by a landlord should meet the current trend. If any discrepancy is observed, you can confidently ask the authority to look into the matter. If the respective landlord’s activities are seen contradictory to the above-mentioned rights, then you can inform the related law enforcing authority. You would be helped out if your complaints are valid.