Your Rights and Duties as a Tenant

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Your Rights and Duties as a Tenant

What rights do I have as a tenant?
As a tenant moving into a privately rented residence, you have rights and responsibilities similar to your landlord’s. Usually, these rights and obligations are outlined in the tenancy agreement, so you should consult this document first if you’re uncertain. This blog describes your core rights and obligations as a tenant.

Rights of a tenant

There are special laws in place to protect tenants. As a tenant, being knowledgeable enables you to know your rights and advocate for yourself when necessary. If you rent a room, house, or condominium, you have numerous rights that control your living space, its use, and your landlord’s obligations.

Safe and sound home: Your residence must be secure and decent. This is true even if you were aware of the issues before signing the lease.

Basic Amenities: You must have access to hot and cold water, electricity, and natural gas. Even if you have not paid rent, your landlord cannot disconnect these services. Your landlord may temporarily suspend services to perform maintenance. Your landlord may pay for basic amenities, or you may pay for them yourself.

Privacy: Your landlord may enter your home only for specific purposes. For instance, your landlord may enter your property to make repairs, show it to new tenants, or in the event of an emergency.

Controlled rent hikes: Your landlord may only increase your rent once per year. The increase must be within the legal parameters.

Documents: You have the right to a written copy of your rental contract, written notice of your homeowner’s legal names and addresses, and rent receipts.

What duties do I have?

You have several rights as a tenant, but you also have responsibilities to uphold. These consist of, but not limited to the followings:

• Maintaining a property with care
• Maintaining the security of the property by shutting doors and windows
• Paying the agreed-upon rent, notwithstanding the necessity for repairs or a dispute with the landlord
• Payment of charges stipulated in the rental agreement with the landlord, such as utility bills
• Repairing or compensating for any damage you’ve caused
• Providing access to the landlord for repairs
• Notifying your landlord in writing of any additional residents of the property
• Assuring that the property will be secure and undamaged while away (e.g., by locking up correctly and switching off the appliances

If you fail to fulfill these obligations or are proven to violate your tenancy agreement, your landlord has the legal authority to evict you. This would be a last resort, and neither you nor the landlord would prefer it.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided keeping in mind the general trends, rules and regulations of the region.

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