Included within a tenancy agreement will be the responsibilities and obligations of the tenant. Broadly this covers details such as paying rent and bills and keeping the property and its furnishings in good order. Failure to adhere to these obligations could result in all or part of a deposit being withheld or even legal action.
Typical Obligations of a Tenant Include:
- Pay rent and bills during the terms of the tenancy. This includes the cost of reconnecting services if they are disconnected due to non-payment. It may also include water rates and council tax.
- The tenant is obliged to pay any television license fee for the premises.
- Keeping the property in good condition, but this does not include fair, wear and tear, which refers to the natural deterioration of the property over time.
- Ensuring the property, including garden area, is left in a clean, ordered state when leaving at the end of a tenancy.
- Not to carry out any alternations or additions without the landlord's permission.
- Allow the landlord to enter and inspect the property as long as reasonable notice is given (usually 24 to 48 hours notice) and the visit is at a reasonable hour.
- Not to sub-let or bring in other tenants as lodgers.
- Not to use the property for business purposes, carry out illegal activities or cause a nuisance to neighbours, for example by playing loud music, especially at night.
- A ban on pets or other animals may be in place. If so this must be adhered to.
- Furnished properties may include an obligation not to bring additional furniture into the property.
- To report any damage to the landlord or letting agent as soon as possible to ensure no further damage is caused. A tenant may be liable for any damage caused through such negligence.
- The tenant must also forward any correspondence or notices addressed to the landlord to the landlord or their agent.