Tal Rappleyea | The Legal Responsibilities Of A Landlord
The Legal Responsibilities of a Landlord
By Tal Rappleyea
The landlord of a rental unit is responsible for providing a
“habitable” unit for a tenant.
The term “habitable” means the rental must be fit to live in, be free
from hazards or defects, and be compliant with all state and local
building and health codes.
Protect the tenant’s deposit
You must pay the tenant’s deposit into a Government approved deposit
protection scheme and return it to them at the end of their tenancy, unless there
is a dispute (ex: the property has been damaged.)
Do not disturb!
Yes it is your property but it is the tenant’s home and they must be able to live
there without necessary interference. If you require access you must give
sufficient notice and arrange a suitable time.
You’re responsible for most repairs to the exterior and structure of the property.
You must also keep the equipment for supplying water, gas and electricity in safe
You must be upfront about the rent, informing tenants how much it is, when it is
due and how you wish to be paid. You cannot raise the rent whenever you wish.
There are certain circumstances during a tenancy when you can increase rent.
Be clear about rent
You must give tenants your name and contact address (or the contact details of
the letting agent if managed by a third party.) You must also have an Energy
Performance Certificate prior to marketing the property.
Regain possession of your property
To recover possession of your property before the end of the fixed term of the
tenancy, you must have sufficient groups (ex: the tenant is in severe rent arrears).
You must serve a Section 8 Notice and then an order for possession from the