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Tenants: Rights and responsibilities

Tenants: Rights and responsibilities

North Kesteven District Council can offer you advice on a variety of matters to help you choose private rented accommodation that is safe to live in and provide advice or signpost you to external agencies to ensure you have information on your rights and responsibilities as a private tenant.

When choosing to rent in the private sector it may be helpful if you refer to the How to rent a safe home and also the relevant pages on our website listed below:

  • Anti-social behaviour, advice for tenantsAvoid upsetting or annoying your neighbours by behaving in an antisocial way or allowing anyone in your household (including children) to do so.
  • Deposit protectionIf you rent your home on an assured shorthold tenancy then your landlord must put your deposit in a government approved tenancy deposit scheme (TDS).
  • Electrical safety and electrical appliancesYour landlord is required by law to make sure that the wiring in your home is safe and that any appliances provided for you are safe.
  • Energy performance and costs (Tenant)Find out about energy performance and cost
  • InventoriesAn inventory is a list of everything that your landlord provides with the property you rent and it should also record the condition everything is in.
  • Tenancy agreements (tenants)Most landlords will give you a written agreement when you rent property from them, but even if they don't you still have rights.
  • Gas safety certificatesIn all privately rented residential accommodation the landlord has specific legal responsibilities under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations
  • How to rent guideFor tenancies that commenced on or after the 1st October 2015 your landlord is obligated to provide you with the Local Government's publication 'How to rent: the checklist for renting in England'.
  • Smoke alarmsThe Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms (England) Regulations 2015 came into force on the 1st October 2015
  • Bins and refuseYou are responsible for disposing of your rubbish properly. Failure to do this could result in action being taken on you by either your landlord or the local authority.
  • Important advice - tenant responsibilitiesPay your rent on time. Your landlord could seek possession of the property if you fall behind with your rent payments.
  • Safety of furnitureAny furniture and equipment supplied by your landlord should be of reasonable quality and suitable for the purpose it's provided for.