Landlord and Tenant Law

Landlord and tenant law deals with issues that concern the tenancies of residential properties, such as disrepair, possession proceedings and the terms of tenancy agreements, including evictions.

Tenants and landlords have certain responsibilities, and the tenancy agreement ensures that they both know them, and can take action if either of them fails to uphold these responsibilities. The landlord and tenant law ensures that failing to meet your obligations can result in the other party receiving compensation.

The law helps to protect property owners’ investments, ensuring that if damage is caused by their tenant, the landlord will receive suitable compensation, usually to cover the costs of repairs. People are therefore more inclined to lease out their property, because they have confidence that their investment is protected.

Tenants also benefit from the landlord and tenant law because it provides them with protection with regards to aspects such as deposits and evictions. One of the prime causes for legal action is when a landlord fails to return a tenant’s deposit at the end of their tenancy. The law ensures the money is kept in a government-approved deposit scheme for the entirety of their tenancy, and by ensuring that a clear tenancy agreement has been made and kept to, there should be no problems in receiving the deposit back. If the landlord unjustly refuses, then this is where the law can help the tenant to get it back. The tenancy agreement will have also detailed how the tenancy can be ended, so if a tenant believes that they have been unfairly evicted, they can evaluate the tenancy agreement and try for compensation.

Furthermore, it ensures that if any repairs are required, the landlord must make sure they are completed (and to an acceptable standard). Otherwise, the tenant could be allowed to make an official complaint against the landlord for failing to keep the property safe and habitable.