Help & Advice for Tenants
If you are living in rented property, there is a good chance that at some point you will move on to a new house. When you do, you will probably find that you need a reference from your current landlord. A poor reference could actually lead to you being in a situation where you are unable to secure another property. This is a terrifying possibility - so you should do everything you can to ensure that when you leave your current house, you do so on good terms with your landlord.
As with countless other industries, the lettings market has different regulations in Scotland as it does in England and Wales. These vary from the largely unrecognisable to the slightly-tweaked. Either way, it's advisable for both landlords and tenants to brush up on legalities and regulations to ensure they're kitted out with all the information needed to ensure a safe, legal and mutually-beneficial tenancy.
With more Brits than ever choosing to let out their second homes, the overall quality of rental accommodation in the UK has improved dramatically. There is an increasingly wide range of properties available to rent in most areas of the UK, which has made it easier for tenants to find a well-maintained property to live in.
As a service provider, the landlord will always have to put a little more effort into honouring their half of the tenancy agreement. However, the occupant must also adhere to certain guidelines if they're to enjoy a quiet and comfortable stay. As you might have gathered, being a good tenant isn't hard if you've stayed in a few properties already. You might be aware of the basic guidelines to follow and as you've signed a legally binding contract with the property owner, you can expect to come unstuck if you're in the wrong.
On the other hand, you might be a first-time renter seeking clarification on a few key areas, like the average length of a tenancy agreement or the power that a landlord holds over their asset, i.e. in what circumstances can they retain it. It's also common for new tenants to seek advice on the requirements of their landlord, should they feel hard done by in any way.
Whether you're entering the world of renting for the first time or double-checking your own rights, our help & advice section for tenants is your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about renting a property. We''ll aim to cover all of the above and more to ensure that your reputation as a model occupant stays intact.
How to be a great tenant
If you plan on keeping yourself to yourself, you're unlikely to have any problems with your landlord on a personal level. This is a perfectly reasonable approach to take and some feel more at home when they're not constantly having to meet with the property's actual owner.
There are a few basic codes of conduct that must be observed and followed, though. Too many take their chances by skipping their monthly payment or sneaking a pet into the environment against the landlord's request. They may be required to front the cost of any resulting damages or, in a more extreme scenario, dealt with a Section 8 notice for possession - prematurely ending their stay.
Our articles list the perfect tenant's qualities and traits, along with the steps they must take to prove their financial stability.
The benefits of becoming one
You shouldn't need us to tell you of the numerous benefits that come with renting, but we'll be more than happy to explain just why so many are siding with this flexible living arrangement.
Indeed, one of the key benefits of renting is its flexibility, which helps if you're in a career that might require you to change locations. You might be thinking carefully about your next significant step, perhaps contemplating a move to fulfil certain ambitions. By opting for renting over buying, you can spend your time in a number of locations before deciding on a permanent place of residence.
That said, there's a lot to be said about owning a property and finally settling down. Well, in a period of economic uncertainty, you can use the money you save by renting accommodation to fund a deposit for your own house. We've explained this point and many more in our articles.
The binding documents
You can take a look at the specific terms of the tenancy agreement that binds landlord and occupant during the latter's stay. We've listed the requirements of both parties and in what circumstances the contract becomes void, all for future reference.
You can also browse the other articles covering documents like the Gas Safety Certificate, which details the energy consumption of your property and is a legal requirement for all rental properties in England & Wales. In addition, we've also included a few details on the powers held by landlord resources like the Section 21 Notice for possession.
From the landlord's perspective
Within this section and some of the other articles located around the site, you can also garner the view of the landlord. You might want to note down what they're looking for in their tenants to guarantee that you're presented in the best possible way. Alternatively, you can check the low-down on tenant referencing, or any other processes and documents that might be of interest.