What are your rights as a tenant?

Many people across the country are choosing to rent a property rather than buy one due to the current property market. Renting provides a simple solution but there are a few issues and complications that can appear with a landlord. At Atwood & Co Solicitors we recommend being completely clear on the terms before you sign a contract. Although tenants do not fully own the property they do have rights.



Landlords are responsible for carrying out most repairs to the exterior or structure of a property. This includes problems with the:

  • Roof
  • Chimneys
  • Guttering
  • Walls
  • Drains

They are also in charge of keeping the equipment for supplying water, electricity and gas in a safe and working order. Many landlords are required to fix certain issues that are beyond the control of the tenant such as a broken faulty shower, damaged lock, or faulty light switch too. It is important to check for these details in your agreement as tenancies vary.


Safety standards

A tenant’s personal safety must be prioritised by a landlord. They have legal obligations to ensure all the proper safety measures and standards are in place, such as:

  • Checking that all electrical equipment provided is safe
  • Providing a gas safety certificate for every gas appliance
  • Ensuring any necessary work identified by gas engineers is carried out
  • Making sure furniture meets fire safety standards

It is not compulsory for landlords to supply carbon monoxide detectors but you can ask your landlord about this if you feel the need.



It is not acceptable for your landlord to enter the property without notifying you. Even though they ‘own’ the home it is legally required that landlords arrange a suitable time to visit the property where necessary. They may need access to inspect the property or do repairs but this should not interfere with your daily schedule. The amount of notice they are required to give may be set out in your agreement. Tenants should not be worried about a landlord coming into their home without permission though.



Taking on many forms, harassment can happen between a landlord to a tenant. They should never make it difficult for you to stay in your home and should not harass you within the home. Visiting without notifying you and gaining your permission, or coming at unsuitable times is all a form of harassment. In extreme cases landlords have been known to prevent tenants from using certain rooms in a property or the water/electricity supply. If the situation escalates it is time to call a solicitor.


If you have a dispute with a landlord and you need help resolving it contact us at Attwood & Co Solicitors. For professional and legal guidance our team will help you every step of the way. Check out our blog for more advice regarding legal issues.