Responsibilities of tenants and landlords

| Uncategorized | January 8, 2013

 Tenants/renter

  • They must have to pay their rents or any such charges on time.
  • They must keep a diary with them for keeping records of rents they have paid.
  • They should keep their rental accommodation in good condition (clean and organized).
  • They should take measures to repair any damage caused to the rental property or its objects by them.
  • They should not harass or create any trouble for the neighbors.

Landlords

  • Landlord must tell his address, his name or his agent’s information to the tenant.
  • He must provide tenants with statement of tenancy terms.
  • He must give an Energy Performance Certificate for your property.
  • He must respect tenant’s right to peace and comfort in your house/accommodation
  • He must make sure that basic facilities such as gas, electricity, furniture and safety equipments are available in the accommodation.
  • Maintenance of house both from inside and outside is the responsibility of landlord.
  • He must follow accurate legal procedure to evict the tenant.

Despair of private tenants in UK

| Uncategorized | January 8, 2013

According to survey conducted by a housing charity, Shelter  many private tenants are facing difficulties in the rental accommodation they are living in but their landlords do nothing to resolve their problems. Of the total people  (tenants ) questioned in the survey, 41% said that their landlords did take any action when they aware them of their problems while 16% respondents said that in the past 10 years they had troubles with their landlords. However 7% said that they did not convey their issues to the landlords because they were scared of their reaction.

According to guardian newspaper, in the past five years the demand for rental accommodation (private) has increased by 40% due to persistent deficiency of social housing. According to survey by shelter, Tenants are struggling while rental industry is flourishing.

In an interview to guardian newspaper, Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said that while running the campaign against worst attitude of landlords towards tenants they (team of shelter) were consistently shocked by the rogue behavior of landlords with tenants. He said that from the research of shelter it is evident that a large number of people are affected by rogue landlord practice. According to him government should realize its responsibility and should take some effective measures to protect the increasing population of private tenants.

Landlord’s Energy Saving Allowance

| Uncategorized | January 8, 2013

According to Gov.UK website, with the help of landlord’s energy saving allowance landlords can cut down their tax bills up to £1,500 a year. In order to claim landlord’s energy saving allowance, landlords must have to buy and install energy saving products such as cavity wall, loft insulation, solid wall insulation, draught-proofing, hot water system insulation and floor insulation in their rent out properties.

As far as claiming landlord’s energy saving allowance for your rent out properties in abroad is concerned, you can do so if you pay tax on profits earned from those properties to UK government.

For each house or flat a landlord gives on rent he/she can ask for a maximum allowance of £1,500.

In case a landlord installs energy-saving stuffs by him/herself then he or she can also claim Landlord’s Energy Saving Allowance for buying the energy saving items. Under rent a room scheme. Landlord cannot claim allowance and also for rental furnished holiday accommodations.