Your rights and responsibilities

If you rent a house or flat from someone, there are certain things that the law says that your landlord must do.  This includes carrying out repairs so that the houses that they rent out are safe and healthy to live in

If you live in a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) which often include bedsits, hostels and shared houses, your landlord will have additional duties.

You also have responsibilities as a tenant.  Here is a list of some of your responsibilities, although this does not include everything:

  • You must take care of the house or flat that you are renting and repair or pay for any damage which you have caused, which is more than normal wear and tear
  • You must pay the agreed rent and any other charges or bills that you have agreed with your landlord that you will pay
  • You must let your landlord come in to your home to inspect it or carry out repairs, as long as your landlord has given you at least 24 hours’ notice and is visiting at a reasonable time of day. Your landlord will not have to give this notice if it is an emergency, though.

You can find more information about your rights and responsibilities on  There is also information on how your tenancy can end.

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Housing Standards Team
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