Any tenancy disagreements regarding deposit issues are now being dealt with through tenancy deposit schemes. Certain disputes may still arise, particularly about damages to property, and whether it is the occupant’s duty to pay for the damage. Make sure to accomplish an inventory check with the landlord and alert them with any problems upon moving in. It is also useful to take photos of damages and make sure that they are properly dated.
Agencies are permitted to charge fees for checking references and certain administrative costs, although they are not permitted in law to charge a potential tenant with fees by simply supplying details about available properties to rent. It is recommended to not pay any money until the letting agents have found you an appropriate place to rent.
If you discover that you are paying an excessive amount of rent fees, then you can refer this matter to a rent assessment committee, who will then compare the rent that you are currently paying to the market as a whole.
Terminating the Tenancy
If the tenancy is a fixed term (typically lasts about six months) it will end automatically.
If not, once the initial period is over, the tenancy inevitably remains until either the tenant or the landlord provide a notice to end the rent. The service of notices can be quite complicated so it is best to consult a solicitor to make one, as it then becomes their duty.
It usually has to be in writing, with the occupant serving one month’s notice and the landlord two months. However, refer to the tenancy agreement to be sure of the procedure and the method.
Home Renting Guide
Each section has been broken up and placed on its own page below to make it easier. Click the links for the individual topics and go through our complete guide to renting your home.
Table Of Contents
1. Introductionto renting your home
2. Renting From A Letting Agent Or A Landlord
3. Viewing A Home For Rent And What Essential Questions To Ask
4. Tenancy Contracts Explained
5. Responsibilities Of The Tenant
6. Renting Deposits And Fees
7. Tenancy Deposit Schemes
8. Rental Insurance
9. Dealing With Complications That May Arise When Renting
10. Where To Go When In Need Of Help