Housing Act 1988 UK — What Are My Rights As a Tenant?
According to the housing act 1988 on tenants' rights, you have a right to live undisturbed in a rental property for an agreed tenancy period. The act also gives a landlord the power to evict you and violate the terms of your agreement.
Though the act protects you as a tenant, some landlords are unscrupulous and can use their power to exploit you. A landlord might decide to keep your security deposit, avoid making repairs and even evict you illegally.
If a landlord takes advantage of you, you should file a dispute against them and get your right back. Disputing with your landlord can be intimidating and time-wasting because you have to go to the court and file a case. You might be required to hire a lawyer to represent you in court. The good news is that DoNotPay can help you file a dispute against dodgy landlords straightforwardly.
Everything You Should Know About Section 21 Eviction Notice
Section 21 eviction notice is an announcement that your landlord gives you to regain the possession of a rental property at the end of an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST). Under this section, your landlord can issue a notice of eviction without necessarily telling you why you ended your tenancy.
Section 21 is categorized into sections, with each part having a different procedure to be followed. The procedure depends on whether the notice was given before the end of the fixed term or during a periodic tenancy. Take note that if the landlord wants to regain possession before the end of the agreed tenancy period, they must serve you with a valid section 8 notice.
Negotiating Rent Increase With Your Landlord
You have a right to negotiate with your landlord if they propose to raise your rent. Before starting the negotiation process, you should know your rights as a tenant. Knowing your rights will help you know the limits of what you can expect from your landlord. Additionally, you should confirm what your tenancy agreement says about the rent agreement.
To be in a better position to negotiate, research the rental price of similar-sized properties around your area. You can do so by using property websites. You should be flexible during the negotiation process to reach a win-win agreement with your landlord.
How To Notify Your Landlord to End Tenancy
You rent a flat either on:
- Fixed tenancy
- Periodic tenancy
|Fixed Tenancy||You can end your fixed tenancy if your agreement permits you to do so or agree with your landlord. If your agreement allows you, it means you have a break clause and tells you when you can apply it. Take note that your tenancy agreement might have other conditions which you might fulfil. For instance, it might be stating that you cannot have rent arrears if you want to terminate your tenancy.|
|Periodic Tenancy||Under this agreement, you can issue a tenancy end notice to your landlord at any time. You must ensure that you have paid your rent before your notice period expires. You are in a periodic tenancy if:
You have never had a fixed-term tenancy
Your tenancy continues to roll on despite the end of your fixed-term tenancy
You should check your tenancy agreement and know the amount of notice you are supposed to give.
What Is the Gas Safety Law?
Your landlord is responsible for ensuring all the gas appliances and fittings provided for his tenants are safe. They should ensure that a registered engineer repairs any broken appliance, flues, and pipework. Lastly, they should also ensure that a gas-safe registered engineer conducts an annual safety check.
Learn How to Take Back Your Housing Act 1988 Tenants' Rights by Yourself
The 1988 tenants act protects you from exploitation by landlords. However, not all landlords adhere to the set regulations and thus, they might violate your rights. If this happens, you have a right to sue him in court.
Unfortunately, the dispute process is lengthy and requires you to file a case and provide evidence of the violation. Additionally, you have to attend a court hearing to get your case verdict, thus making the process tiring. The good news is that DoNotPay can help you get your rights back as a tenant through its Landlord Protection product in a less frustrating way.
Learn How to Take Back Your Housing Act 1988 Tenants' Rights Using DoNotPay
DoNotPay guides you through the following four 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.
Find What Can DoNotPay Help You Solve
We can help you learn about:
- Giving notice to the landlord
- How much your rent can be increased
- How to end a tenancy
- Get a security deposit back from the landlord
- Kick your roommate
- Write a tenancy letter
- Learn how much can a landlord raise rent in a year
- Landlord threatening to evict me
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