During your tenancy you are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the property and you will be expected to take reasonable care of the property and its contents. You should not abuse the property or infringe upon the peaceful enjoyment of the neighbourhood.
The following are some of the tenant responsibilities which will be included in the terms of your tenancy agreement.
Changing fuses, light bulbs, tap washers, batteries in smoke alarms (if applicable) and replacing broken glass.
Keeping the property sufficiently ventilated to ensure condensation does not build up in problem areas.
Keeping drains and guttering free of obstruction.
Maintaining the garden (if any) in a tidy condition in accordance with the terms of the tenancy agreement
Protecting the property by ensuring that windows and doors are always securely locked when the property is unattended and any burglar alarm is set.
Taking the necessary steps to prevent freezing of the water and heating systems, particularly if you are absent from the property during the winter months.
Not allowing rubbish to accumulate thereby avoiding any possible infestation and health hazard.
Reporting to the landlord or his managing agent any problems that may arise so remedial action can be taken quickly to minimise the damage. Failure to do so may result in your being charged for the subsequent repair.
Notifying the landlord or his managing agent if you are going to be absent from the property for long periods at a time, ie more than 14 or 21 days.
In leasehold properties the tenant is also bound to the rules of the Head Lease or any Resident Association.
All maintenance problems should be reported to the landlord or his representative (you will be advised who this is at the start of the tenancy). Any routine maintenance to the systems and appliances within the property is usually the responsibility of the landlord. However if any damage is caused by negligence or improper use rather than ‘wear and tear’, the cost of any resultant repair or replacement will be your responsibility.
Routine maintenance and care of appliances may avoid unnecessary costs for yourself or the landlord, eg:
Radiators – regularly bleed to remove air blockages
Washing Machine – check filters are cleaned regularly
Dishwasher – ensure rinse aid and salt are topped up
Television sets are not normally provided in rented accommodation. Please note that the tenant is responsible for paying the licence fee in respect of the use of any television set in the property during the tenancy.
Cable or satellite
Cable or satellite television installations are not normally included in rented accommodation and in leasehold properties there are often prohibitions to these. You must seek permission from the landlord if you wish to install cable or erect a satellite dish, but this may not be granted.
Services, telephone and council tax
You must transfer the telephone, gas, electricity and water services into your name at the commencement of the tenancy, and notify the council tax authority of your residency. Some utility providers may require a deposit if you have not previously had a supply in the UK in your name. In the event that the telephone line is disconnected, it will be your responsibility to arrange and pay for reconnection.
Animals are not normally allowed in rented accommodation. If you wish to keep any pet, you must advise us as special permission will need to be sought. If permission is granted, you may be required to provide an additional deposit as security against any related damage.
During the course of a tenancy, the landlord’s insurance will only cover his own contents as detailed in the inventory against forcible entry, theft and water/fire damage caused through a system fault or failure. You are responsible for insuring your own belongings.
Whilst it is expected that tenants may wish to have occasional guests to stay for short periods, please be aware that long term or multiple guests may constitute a breach of your tenancy agreement.
The Landlord and/or his agent or appointed contractor will require access to the property from time to time during the tenancy. There will be a clause to this effect in your tenancy agreement. However the infringement on your privacy will always be kept to the minimum possible and, unless it is an emergency, you will be given prior notice.
Smoking is normally strictly prohibited in rented accommodation unless written permission is obtained within the tenancy agreement