Responsibilities as a private tenant
You have many rights as a tenant. However, you also have responsibilities. It is important that you keep to the terms of your tenancy agreement or your landlord may be able to evict you.
Keep up to date with the rent
It is important that you pay your rent on time. If you do not, your landlord may try to evict you. If you are having problems paying your rent, please see the section on rent arrears.
Remember, if you are renting from a private landlord, they may be relying on your rent to pay the mortgage.
Keep the house in good repair
You, anyone in your household, or your guests, must not cause any deliberate damage to the property. If you damage the property or notice that something is faulty, you should report it to your landlord immediately to prevent it getting worse. If you caused the damage, you will be responsible for repairing it. Don't try to repair anything yourself unless you know what you are doing. A poorly-done repair job could land you in just as much trouble.
If you go away during winter make sure you take measures to stop your pipes from freezing.
Keep the contents of the house in good repair
If you damage the contents of the property or notice that something is faulty, you should report it to your landlord immediately to prevent it getting worse. If you caused the damage, you must repair it.
Be nice to your neighbours
You, anyone living with you and anyone visiting you, should take care to behave in a way that will not cause nuisance or annoyance to your neighbours. This includes:
not having the stereo or TV on too loud
entering and leaving your house quietly
disposing of rubbish carefully
not using your house for illegal purposes.
If you behave in a way that is antisocial, your landlord may have grounds to evict you.
Give proper notice if you want to leave
If you want to leave, you must give proper notice or you could end up with rent arrears and paying any legal costs that your landlord ends up with.
Seek permission from the landlord
You should seek permission from the landlord if you want to:
sublet your home or take in a lodger
pass your tenancy on to someone else
do any decorating.
Last updated: 29 November 2017
Housing laws differ between Scotland and England.
This content applies to Scotland only.