Can Landlords Refuse Children?—Here Are Your Tenant Rights
Consider the fact that nearly a quarter of households in the UK are households with children. You may think that since families are such a large portion of the population that there would be laws in place to protect their right to housing. You may be surprised to learn that there are no laws in the UK that compel landlords to accept children. In fact, UK landlords can refuse children without any negative consequences.
Given the fact that landlords can refuse children, you may be worried that if you become pregnant your landlord can terminate your lease. While UK law doesn't allow landlords to evict you for getting pregnant specifically, a landlord could certainly use another reason to evict a tenant such as another lease violation or non-payment of rent.
If you're having trouble with a landlord that's refusing to rent to you, is evicting you for having a baby, or is otherwise not taking good care of you as a tenant let DoNotPay lend a hand. We'll help you craft a well-worded demand letter that will get your landlord's attention and the results you're asking for.
Landlord Obligations in the UK
When you're renting a private flat or home in the UK, you are obligated to follow certain rules as a landlord. As a landlord, you must:
- Keep your rental properties safe and free of known health hazards.
- Ensure gas and electrical equipment are properly installed and regularly maintained.
- Obtain an Energy Performance Certificate for the rental property.
- Place the tenant's deposit in a government-approved scheme.
What Are My Rights as a Tenant?
As a tenant in the UK, the law provides some basics that a landlord should be provided to you. As a tenant, you have rights. These include:
- Live in a rental that is safe and in good repair.
- Live in the property undisturbed (as long as you're not violating the agreement.)
- Get your deposit back when the tenancy ends.
- Challenge excessively high rent increases or other charges.
- View the Energy Performance Certificate for the property.
- Protection from unfair eviction and unfair rent charges.
In addition, here are both landlord and tenant responsibilities that both parties must follow for a harmonious relationship
|Landlord’s Responsibilities||Tenant’s Responsibilities|
|Maintaining properties in habitable condition — that is, a safe, livable home including a roof that doesn't leak, adequate heating, and plumbing, and necessary locks||Notifying the landlord of needed repairs, especially ones that may cause property damage.|
|Following the Lease Agreement.||Following the Lease Agreement.|
|Make repairs in a reasonable amount of time.||Paying rent and any utilities on time.|
|Properly handling security deposits.||Abiding by the law.|
|Notifying the tenant if and when they must enter the property.||Give your landlord proper notice if you plan to move out.|
|Treating tenants equally, in compliance with federal, state, and local Fair Housing regulations.||Paying rent and any utilities on time.|
Get Help from DoNotPay for Landlord Issues
Finding a flat that you can afford can be difficult. When you realise that many landlords in the UK simply refuse to rent to people with children, it becomes even more difficult. But, this is hardly the only problem you may encounter with a landlord. You may have problems getting things repaired, you might get a terrible roommate, maintenance may not be up to par, or the landlord may be neglectful in some other way.
How to get help for your landlord-tenant complaints and issues from DoNotPay:
If you need assistance dealing with a landlord who won't accept children, but you're not sure where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 4 easy steps:
- Search for and open the Landlord Protection product on DoNotPay.
- Select which issue applies to you.
- Answer a simple set of questions so our chatbot can collect the necessary information to create your demand letter.
- Choose whether you want DoNotPay to send the demand letter to your landlord or roommate on your behalf. If you already tried sending a demand letter and it didn't work, we can help you start the small claims court process.
And that's it! You should hear back from your landlord as soon as they receive your demands.
Why Use DoNotPay to Deal With Landlords
It can be difficult to deal with a landlord who isn't cooperative. After all, landlords can refuse children in the UK. On one hand, you have demands that you want to be met. On the other hand, you do not want to upset the landlord or get evicted. With DoNotPay, you can relax because communicating with a landlord is:
- Quick— In just a matter of moments, you can produce a demand letter to your landlord.
- Easy—There's no complicated process or formula. Just answer some questions, and click the button.
- Successful— DoNotPay will produce a demand letter that's compelling enough to make your landlord say yes.
Other Ways DoNotPay Can Help You
You have a busy life and it would be nice to have a helping hand on occasion, wouldn't it? Think of DoNotPay as your own personal assistant, standing by to assist you with a variety of tasks, including:
- File a Small Claims Court Case
- Get Documents Notarized Fast
- File a Freedom of Information Act
- Creating and Print Legal Documents
- Find Forgotten Money in Your Name
And much, much more. Join DoNotPay today to protect your tenant rights and fight back today!