The Ins and Outs of Your Rights As an Elderly Tenant
You may be feeling a bit helpless if you don’t know the ins and outs of your rights as an in the UK. This articles will help explain what you need to know and how to exercise your rights with DoNotPay’s help.
If you or someone you know needs to assert tenant rights, you don't have to handle this matter alone. DoNotPay's Landlord Protection product can help you handle this quickly and easily.
What Tenant Rights Do the Elderly Have in the UK?
In the UK, the elderly have the same rights and protections as anyone else. Landlords are not allowed to treat them differently or discriminate against them because of their age or any other factors.
For example, landlords cannot:
- Specify an age range to which they're willing to rent
- Tell the elderly that properties are unavailable when they are
- Avoid making adjustments to accommodate tenants with disabilities (such as bathroom railings, wheelchair ramps, etc.)
- Evict an elderly resident unfairly
If you suspect that your landlord has taken actions such as these (or inactions, as the case may be), you have options to assert your rights.
How to Make a Complaint Against a Landlord
Your first step when this happens is to speak up.
|Talking to Your Landlord Directly||You can always begin by talking to your landlord directly, either in person or in writing. State your complaint and make your case. Tell them how you hope they will respond.
Always end by telling your landlord how you plan to proceed if they do not address your concerns. This will often motivate them to do the right thing without you have to take the matter further.
|Escalating Your Complaint||If your landlord fails to respond to your complaint, you have options to escalate the complaint. You can reach out to other neighbours, contact the local council or MP, or file in small claims court.
The escalation method you mentioned in your discussion with your landlord should always be your first step. Hopefully, getting a third party involved will motivate your landlord to address your concerns appropriately.
Asking Your Landlord for Repairs
Your landlord is responsible for repairs on your home or flat. Failing to respond to requests for repairs in a reasonable amount of time is a major cause for concern.
Sometimes with elderly tenants who have lived in the same place for a long time, an ongoing failure to address safety concerns and repairs can lead to a huge problem. While there are regulations in place to protect against this, they have their limits.
Your landlord should make sure that your home is safe and free from any hazards. Unless you have a fixed term tenancy which began before 20 March 2019, your landlord must make sure your home is fit to live in throughout your tenancy.
If your requests for repairs have gone unanswered, DoNotPay can help.
Assert Your Tenant Rights with DoNotPay
in the UK. Landlords are not allowed to discriminate against them. When that happens, you have options. One options is to turn to DoNotPay.
We can help with:
- Protection against eviction
- Reclaiming your security deposit
- Resolving repair disputes with your landlord
- Navigating issues with roommates
- Breaking your lease early
If you want to assert your rights as a tenant but don't know 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 directly once your demands are sent.
DoNotPay Is on Your Side
When you're struggling with a landlord, it's easy to feel as if you're all alone. However, you don't have to handle things by yourself. DoNotPay is here to help.
Whatever questions you have, we have answers. Better still, we have products to help you take the next steps.
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But matters related to tenants and landlords aren't the only issues we can help you solve. We can also help you move through small claims court, find missing money in your name, and get any document notarized. Come learn more about all the ways DoNotPay can help.