Tenants - Key responsibilities
Under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986.
- 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.