How much do you know
about renting?

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From broken boilers to dodgy décor, see how much you know about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.

Should I pay an agent to view a property?

Question 1

No way, they can’t charge me for that.

It’s illegal for an agent – or anyone else – to charge you to view a property or to register with them. Once you’ve found a property you like, you’ll likely have to pay admin fees before you can move in.1 Renting From a Letting Agency -

How much can a landlord ask me
to pay as a deposit?

Question 2

It depends on your location.

In Scotland a landlord cannot legally ask for more than 2 months' rent2   as a deposit, but no such restrictions exist in England and Wales.   If you’re an assured shorthold tenant, it’s very important to make sure your deposit is protected within a government approved scheme. Tenants' Money -

Can I sublet my room to a friend
when I go travelling?

Question 3

Sure, but only if it’s agreed in your tenancy agreement or it’s OK with your landlord.

It’s common for a tenancy agreement to contain a term on subletting and, in most cases, tenants are required to ask for their landlord's permission to do so. When in doubt, it’s best to check your tenancy agreement. 3 Private Renting - Your Rights and Responsibilities -

My flat looks like it’s stuck in the ‘70s.
Can I re-paint it?

Question 4

Woah there,
you need to ask your landlord first.

There may be a clause in your tenancy agreement that allows you to carry out small repairs or modifications, but for any significant changes, you should always ask for your landlord’s permission.4 Private Renting - Repairs -

My landlord has a habit of popping around
without telling me, do I have to let them in?

Question 5

They need to give you at least 24 hours’ notice to enter the property.

According to the Housing Act 1988, your landlord must give you at least 24 hours’ notice before they can enter the property. 5 Renting Out Your Property (England and Wales) - Making Repairs -

What should I do about my broken boiler?

Question 6

Let your landlord know right away.

Your landlord is generally responsible for ensuring that your boiler is in working condition, along with any water and gas pipes, water tanks and radiators. 6 Renting Out Your Property (England and Wales) - Landlord Responsibilities -

Can my landlord evict me at the end
of the month for being untidy?

Question 7

It's unlikely, but you might want to do a bit of spring cleaning.

If a court agrees it is reasonable, your landlord can evict you during a fixed-term tenancy with a section 87    notice in England and Wales or a section 338    in Scotland. There is no ruling on untidiness, but your landlord may be able to prove that you have neglected the property. Evicting Tenants (England and Wales) - Section 21 and Section 8 Notices - Tenancy Agreements: A Guide For Landlords (Scotland) - Ending a Tenancy -

Is there anything to stop me from
going on a six-week holiday?

Question 8

You should tell your landlord if you’ll be away for longer than two weeks.

Most tenancy agreements will require you to let your landlord know if you are going away for longer than 14 days. If you don't, it may invalidate their insurance policy. 9 Private Renting For Tenants: Tenancy Agreements - What Should Be in a Tenancy Agreement -

Can my landlord increase my rent
during a fixed-term tenancy?

Question 9

Only if you give your landlord your permission.

Your landlord cannot legally increase the rent agreed in the contract during a fixed term tenancy, unless you have explicitly given them your permission.10 Private Renting - Rent Increases -

Can I buy a pet if I’m living
in a rented property?

Question 10

You should ask your landlord. Hopefully they’re an animal lover.

You can keep pets as long as it’s not forbidden in the tenancy agreement. However, even if it’s not forbidden in the contract, it’s still a good idea to ask your landlord. If they’re not happy with the situation, they may attempt to evict you. 11 Common Problems With Renting - Keeping Pets -

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