Landlord disputes

The rights of tenants and landlords vary depending on the type of tenancy agreement that you have. It is always a good idea to ask your landlord for a written agreement before you take up a tenancy so you know what is expected from both of you.

Even if your landlord has not provided you with a tenancy agreement or a rent book, if you pay rent a contract exists between you and your landlord.

Your rights and obligations as a tenant will depend on things such as whether your landlord lives in the same property as you, how long you have lived there and what type of tenancy you have.

If you are a private tenant you have legal rights, your landlord can not just throw you out. The law states certain steps must be followed before a landlord can evict you, and unless your landlord complies with these you do not have to leave your home.

Most landlords of private tenants charge market rents, which is the amount of money tenants are willing to pay. It may be worth talking to your landlord if they want to increase your rent to try and agree a lower rent in return for not having to re-let the property.

If your landlord keeps turning up at your home, or letting themselves in without your knowledge they may be guilty of harassment. Even though they own the property they do not have the right to do this.

The Council has an illegal eviction and harassment policy. Harassment and unlawful eviction can cause distress and anxiety to households and may lead to homelessness. The Council will therefore take a proactive stance against unlawful eviction and / or harassment and offer support, advice and assistance to residents in this situation, including taking appropriate action to help tenants regain occupancy of their home. The Council will also prosecute landlords or their agents where it is deemed appropriate to do so.

As a private tenant you have the responsibility for smaller repairs, whilst you landlord is responsible for the major repairs. If your landlord needs to gain entry to carry out repairs, it is your responsibility to let them in, as long as you have been given reasonable notice.

If you are a landlord or a tenant and require advice on your current housing situation or your rights, HOST can help.