There are many people who still think that because they own the property, they are entitled to any decision that they may take regarding their property. However, this mindset has landed a lot of property owners in legal trouble and at times even cost them money in terms of judgment and liens. It is important to take time and study the rights of the tenant before you start making demands. Here are the basic rights of tenants.
Freedom from harassment and illegal eviction
An inexperienced landlord may imagine that defaulting in rent payment means that you immediately evict the tenant. This is wrong and illegal. The client is supposed to get at least a 3 month notice to vacate the premises. Also, in many states, they will not be harassed to pay the rent by the landlord. As a landlord, failure to respect this rule could lead to the tenant taking legal action. When this happens, you are likely to lose the chance to recover the unit in time and this will lead to loss of rental income. Instead of using confrontations to throw out tenants who are disobedient, you need to try negotiations. Keep an open line of communication with the renter. Let them know that their actions are affecting your business in a negative manner and this could get you a more amicable resolution.
Nowadays, it is almost impossible to get into a rental without paying a certain amount as the deposit. The law that was passed and came into effect on the first of April 2013 states that any deposit paid after that date should be protected in one of the three tenancy deposit schemes approved by social services. This means that the landlord doesn’t get to keep this money, unless you have caused damages in the rental unit and he has to repair or replace some of the ruined parts.
Notice to quit and due process
Just as you are not supposed to be evicted illegally, the rights of tenants dictate that if you wish to leave the premises, you have to give at least a month’s notice to the landlord. During this time, they will help inspect all aspects of your house and ensure all damages that occurred during your tenancy have been fixed. This time will also help them look for another client so that they aren’t left with an empty house, something that causes losses to the tenants.
Tenancy health check
When you start the second month of tenancy, it is important to ensure that you check all the documents that the landlord has issued. If there are any that are missing, ask the landlord to provide them. Remember that these documents are what are going to protect you when the time comes for you to move on, regardless of the circumstances. These and other rights of tenants should be at your fingertips to avoid complicating your stay as a tenant.