Tenants - Key responsibilities

Under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986.

Tenants must:

  • pay the rent on time as per the tenancy agreement
  • keep the premises reasonably clean and tidy
  • notify the landlord as soon as any repairs are needed
  • use the premises principally for residential purposes
  • pay for outgoings they actually consume or use, such as: electricity, gas, telephone charges and metered water
  • notify the landlord as soon as possible if any damage occurs
  • leave the property clean and tidy, and clear of rubbish and possessions at the end of the tenancy
  • at the end of the tenancy, leave all keys and such things with the landlord
  • leave all chattels supplied with the tenancy.

Tenants must not:

  • withhold rent if the landlord cannot get repairs done
  • damage or permit damage to the premises
  • disturb the neighbours or the landlord’s other tenants
  • alter or attach anything to the premises without the landlord’s written consent
  • use the property for any unlawful purpose
  • exceed the maximum number of occupants as stated in the tenancy agreement.