It is definitely everyone’s dream to have their very own property and a house they could rightfully call their own. However for those who do not have the chance and the necessary resources to buy or purchase their own homes, renting a place is an inevitable choice. There are a higher percentage of people renting houses or units especially in the urban or metropolitan areas thus it is very important to know and understand tenant’s rights and their obligations as renters as well.
What are the basics of tenant’s rights?
Two of the main legislations regulated by the government to protect the rights of tenants and renters against certain abuses and infringement of agreement between landlords and tenants are provided and comprehensively detailed in the 2004 Residential Tenancies Act and the Landlords and Tenants Acts of 1967- 1994. These two laws cater for the rights, duties and responsibilities of those who are renting for accommodation and use of home properties.
An exemption to these rules however is applied to those tenants who are under the Rent a Room scheme or those practically living with their landlords. This particular area is not covered by the tenant’s rights laws and therefore is subject to a different regulation. Thus, those who can seek the protection of tenant’s rights are solely those who are in the private renting mainstream.
What are the tenant’s rights?
Tenant’s rights basically look after the welfare and protection of renters in terms of their agreed conditions and other terms of agreement either in written or verbal form. Any abuse or infringement of such rights by the landlord or any other authorized agents or parties are all subject to legal action if found liable.
There are just several rights that tenants are provided with in order to make sure their safety and security are not jeopardized with this kind of home setup.