Ask the Expert
By Karen English Lettings Manager at Hennings Moir a Property Sharing estate agency in Saltash, tel 01752 850440
- I am looking for my first rental property – what responsibilities will I have as a tenant?
- Renting is extremely popular at the moment, whether as a result of economic necessity or conscious lifestyle choice is the subject of a good deal of debate. Anyway, renting a home that is owned by someone else obviously offers a degree of freedom but it also does come with a number of responsibilities.
Some of these responsibilities are pretty obvious, such as taking good care of the property, paying the agreed rent on time and not sub-letting without the landlord’s permission, but others will vary from property to property. So, the best way to be absolutely clear is for you to go through the details of the tenancy agreement and raise questions about anything that’s not clearly spelled out. Some rents cover bills such as Council Tax but most don’t, so make sure you know exactly what bills, in addition to the rent, you will be responsible for.
Other general tips include:
- Landlords are usually responsible for insuring the building and any furnishings that come with it, but tenants need to insure their own possessions.
- Many tenancy agreements require the landlord to be informed if a property is to be left empty for any length of time. If you are planning to leave the property empty for a while, you are responsible for preparing the property accordingly – for example, by turning off electrical appliances, emptying and cleaning the fridge, turning off the water supply, etc.
- It is the tenant’s responsibility to look after any fixtures and fittings. While reasonable wear and tear is to be expected, it is important to inform the landlord immediately of any damage, accidental or otherwise. Having a detailed inventory is important here.
- Sharing emergency numbers with neighbours is a good precaution, particularly in the case of flats, where a problem in one can quickly affect others in the same block.
- And finally, on moving out day be sure to remove or otherwise dispose of everything that you brought into the property during your tenancy. If you want to leave anything, you must get prior agreement from the landlord.
Karen English is the Lettings Manager at Hennings Moir Estate Agents who have been trading in South East Cornwall for over 30 years and members of the Property Sharing Experts a computer linked network of 80 estate agents covering the South West and in London
Steve Moir 01752 850440
Hennings Moir 136c fore St Saltash Pl12 6JR