What Can I Do If My Landlord Is Not Declaring Rental Income?
The process of finding a new place to live is already stressful enough, but having to deal with a landlord who isn't declaring rental income can make the situation even worse. From worrying about whether or not you'll get your deposit back to dealing with potential eviction, it's important to know your rights as a tenant. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) requires all landlords to declare their rental income, but many fail to do so. This not only means that they're breaking the law, but it also means that they could be cheating you out of money.
If your landlord is not declaring rental income, they could be breaching your tenancy agreement. This means you could have grounds to take action against them, such as ending your tenancy early or taking them to court. This detailed guide will explain how DoNotPay can help you if your landlord is not declaring rental income.
How to End Your Tenancy Early
If you want to end your tenancy early because your landlord is not declaring rental income, you'll need to give them formal notice. The type of notice, amount of notice, and how you need to give it will depend on your tenancy agreement. To ensure you're giving notice correctly and in accordance with your tenancy agreement, it's essential to check your tenant lease agreement.
|Types of Tenancy||The Minimum Notice You Need to Give to Your Landlord|
|Fixed-Term Tenancy||With this tenancy arrangement, you will have to remit your rent until the end of the term.
You can only end a fixed-term tenancy early if your landlord agrees or if there's a break clause in the contract.
Failure to give notice the correct way or without cause may result in paying rent for the remainder of the term.
|Periodic Tenancy||A periodic tenancy runs weekly or monthly with no end date.
You can give notice to your landlord at any time, but you must ensure that it's in writing and that it's given at least four weeks if it's weekly or one month if it's monthly.
If there isn't any mention of how to give notice, it's best to speak with your landlord by writing a letter to the address on your agreement or by visiting them in person. When you give notice to your landlord, there are certain things you need to include. This will ensure that your notice is valid and that you can use it as evidence if necessary.
- Your name and address
- The address of the property you're renting
- The date you'd like to move out
- A statement stating why you are ending the tenancy
- Your signature
Leaving without giving notice will result in you losing your tenancy security deposit, and you could accumulate rent arrears. You may also fail to get a reference from your landlord, making it difficult to rent another property in the future.
What Are Your Rights as a Tenant?
In the UK, you have certain tenant rights protected by law. These rights ensure that you can live in your rental property without fear of eviction and that your landlord can't take advantage of you.
Some of the fundamental rights you have as a tenant include:
- Safe and secure accommodation - Your landlord is responsible for ensuring that your rental property is safe and secure. This includes ensuring that there are no health and safety hazards, such as electrical problems or a leaking roof.
- Privacy and quiet enjoyment - You have the right to live in your rental property without interference from your landlord. This means they can't enter your property without your permission, except in emergencies.
- Repair and maintenance - Your landlord is responsible for repairing and maintaining the property you're renting. This includes ensuring that all essential services, such as heating and hot water, are in working order.
- Access to clean running water - You have the right to access clean running water at your rental property. This includes having access to a toilet, sink, and bath or shower.
How to Make a Complaint Against a Landlord if They Fail to Declare Rental Income
If you're experiencing problems with your landlord because they're not declaring rental income, you can escalate the issue and file a dispute. There are several ways you can make a complaint against your landlord, such as:
- Writing a letter of complaint - A letter of complaint is a formal way to raise your concerns with your landlord. It's important to be clear and concise in your letter, and you should include any evidence you have to support your claim.
- Speaking to your landlord in person - Most landlords have a complaints policy you can follow. This will outline the process you need to follow to raise your concerns.
- Complaining to a designated person - Your area MP, local councillor or tenant panel may be able to help you if you're experiencing problems with your landlord. They may be able to investigate your complaint and take action on your behalf.
- Making a complaint to your local authority or council - If you're not happy with your landlord's response, you can make a complaint to your local authority. They will investigate your complaint and take action if necessary.
- Making a claim in court - If you've tried all of the above and still are not satisfied with the outcome, you can make a claim in court. This is the last resort, and you should seek legal advice before taking this step.
How DoNotPay Can Help You Handle Issues With Your Landlord
Wading through council complaints procedures and writing letters of a complaint can be stressful and time-consuming. This, coupled with the stress of your rental situation, can significantly impact your quality of life. Luckily with DoNotPay, you can take care of everything with just a few clicks. We are the world's first robot lawyer, and we are here to guide you through it and file your disputes on your behalf.
Our Landlord Protection product can help you:
- Get back your security deposits.
- Learn about your state's eviction laws and what protections apply in your case
- Resolve disputes regarding repairs with your landlord.
- Resolve disputes with roommates by filing demand letters or going through small claims court.
- Break your lease early.
How to Break a Lease in the UK Using DoNotPay
If you want to break a lease in the UK 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.
Why Use DoNotPay to Help With Your Rental Disputes?
Landlords have a lot of power and can make life very difficult for their tenants. Unfortunately, going through the proper channels to file a complaint can be daunting and time-consuming. DoNotPay offers a super easy and convenient solution that takes care of everything for you.
Some of the benefits of using DoNotPay include:
- Fast - You don't have to spend hours figuring out how to file a complaint or write a demand letter. We can take care of it all in just a few clicks.
- Easy - You don't have to struggle to fill out tedious forms or understand complex legal jargon. We will guide you through filing your rental disputes step by step.
- Successful - As a go-to resource for many people with rental disputes, we have a wealth of experience and know what it takes to get results. You can rest assured that we will do everything in our power to help you resolve your issue.
What Else Can DoNotPay Do?
Helping with rental disputes is just the tip of the iceberg of what DoNotPay can do. We are the world's first robot lawyer, and we are here to help you with any legal or administrative issue you may have. Some of the other things we can help with include:
- Find out how much a landlord can raise the rent in a year in the UK
- What to do when your landlord is threatening to evict you
- Get a template for tenant notice to end tenancy letter
- Learn how to kick out a roommate
- Sue anyone in Small Claims Court
- Find missing money
- Notarize any document
- Standardise legal documents
- Understand the Freedom of Information Act
Ready to take on your rental disputes and get the results you deserve? Access DoNotPay on your web browser today and let us help you take care of everything in just a few clicks.