Renter's Rights: The Things Landlords Don't Want You to Know

Explainer Dec 19, 2022

As a renter in England, it's important to understand your rights and responsibilities under the law.

However, there are many things that landlords may not want you to know about your rights as a tenant. In this blog post, we'll explore some of the key things that landlords don't want you to know, and provide tips and advice on how to protect yourself and assert your rights as a renter.

First and foremost, landlords are not allowed to discriminate against you based on certain characteristics, such as your race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. If you feel like you have been treated unfairly or denied a rental based on one of these factors, you can file a complaint with the appropriate authorities.

Second, your landlord is not allowed to enter your rental property without your permission, unless it is in case of an emergency or for necessary repairs. If your landlord does enter your property without your consent, you have the right to take legal action.

Third, your landlord is required to maintain the property and keep it in a habitable condition. This means that they must provide basic amenities such as heating, hot water, and electricity, and make any necessary repairs to keep the property safe and functional. If your landlord fails to do this, you can report them to the appropriate authorities and take legal action if necessary.

Fourth, you have the right to challenge a rent increase if you feel it is unreasonable. If your landlord wants to raise your rent, they must provide you with written notice and give you the opportunity to negotiate or challenge the increase. You can also file a complaint with the appropriate authorities if you feel that the increase is excessive or unjustified.

Finally, you have the right to seek compensation if you suffer any loss or damage as a result of your landlord's failure to fulfill their obligations. This could include damages to your property or belongings, loss of use, or inconvenience. If you believe you are entitled to compensation, you can file a claim with the appropriate authorities or take legal action.

In conclusion, as a renter in England, you have many rights and protections under the law. However, landlords may not always be forthcoming with this information, and it's up to you to assert your rights and protect yourself as a tenant. By understanding your rights and being proactive in asserting them, you can ensure that your rental experience is fair and enjoyable.

Jamie Campbell

Co-founder of Fronted