As a tenant your rights and responsibilities will be laid out in your tenancy agreement. However, there are some rights that you are legally entitled to, even if the tenancy agreement does specifically mention them.
As a tenant you have a right to:
A tenancy agreement is a contract between a landlord and tenant which specifies the terms and conditions of the rental agreement. The agreement details the rights and responsibilities that the landlord and tenant have to each other, and the responsibilities they have to the property.
Even if you rent through a letting agent, you have a legal right to know the name and address of your landlord. According to section 1 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, you have the right to make a request in writing to the person who collects your rent, asking for the name and address of your landlord. In accordance with the Act, this information must be provided within 21 days.
This means other people should not enter your property unannounced. The landlord should not enter your house without your permission, or without first giving you notice. Your landlord has a right to enter the property to inspect the state of repair for example, but they should always ask for your permission and should give you at least 24 hours notice. The only exception is where there is an emergency (e.g. gas leak or fire) and immediate access is required to avert damage or injury. The landlord does not have a right to enter in any other circumstances unless they have a court order.
The landlord is also forbidden from:
The landlord has a responsibility to keep the property well maintained and safe, ensuring that:
Assuming you have not caused financial loss to the landlord or damaged the property then your deposit will be returned to you in full. To learn more about deposits see our tenants deposits page.