A Tenant's guide: Tenant's responsibilities matrix

This document outlines the responsibilities of the tenant and the landlord in a matrix form, for ease of reference, and to compliment the more detailed article A tenant’s responsibilities when letting a property.  The document attempts to include most responsibilities but, it is inevitable it will not be exhaustive.  Please forward any suggested additions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  Responsibility of 

Item/factor/issue   Tenant  Landlord
     
 Insurance    
 Contents

 X

 
 Buildings  

 X

     
Bills (unless otherwise agreed)    
Paying the rent on time

 X

 
Water bills

 X

 
Electric bills

 X

 
Council tax bills

 X

 
Utility bills

 X

 
Service charges

 X

 
Television licence

 X

 
Telephone bills (including line rental)

 X

 
Satellite/cable television

 X

 
Broadband

 X

 
Pay for any reminders sent to the tenant for late rent payment or bounced cheques

 X

 
     
Maintenance    
Annual gas safety check  

 X

Garden

 X

 
External structure of the building  

 X

Keeping  the inside of the property clean and in good condition (fair wear and tear excluded)

 X

 
Testing smoke alarms

 X

 
Replacing smoke alarm batteries

 X

 
Replacing lost or broken keys

 X

 
Replacing broken glass

 X

 
Emptying refuse bins

 X

 
Preventing water pipes from freezing in winter

 X

 
Plumbing

 

 X

Blocked drains

 X

 
Electrical wiring  

 X

Heating system  

 X

Ensuring adequate ventilation

 X

 
Replace any damaged fittings or installations (fair wear and tear excluded)

 X

 
Not to allow the property to become infested with vermin

 X

 
Not to change locks

 X

 
     
When moving out    
Remove all belongings from the property when moving out

 X

 
Leave a forwarding address for correspondence

 X

 
 

 

 
Other    
Not leaving the property empty for more than 2 weeks

 X

 
Only park vehicles in assigned spaces

 X

 
Not to sub-let or under-let

 X

 
Not to redecorate without permission of the landlord

 X

 
To secure all windows and doors and set security alarm when leaving the property

 X

 
     

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