7 Ways to Avoid War With Your Landlord
1. Dont Make Any Changes without Informing the Landlord
This should be outlined in your contract but in general, you are not allowed to make any major changes to the character on your own initiative without letting the landlord know. This also applies to energy, water and internet suppliers. If you think you need to switch because another supplier offers better rates and would assistance your finances, you can discuss this with the agent or owner of the character who in most situations wouldnt mind as long as you switch back to the original supplier before you leave the character.
You cant exchange or take out any of the appliances that were already in the character without asking the landlord. If you do that, you may lose a part or the complete amount of your place. You can, however, move furniture around the character if you wish and you dont have to inform the landlord for that. It is very important to move everything back to where it was at the end of your tenancy.
2. Dont Lie About Having Pets or Children
It is true that it is much harder to rent a place if you have pets or children, but you cant use this as an excuse to lie to your agent or landlord until you sign the contract. Remember that your tenancy agreement is a binding legal document and lists all the people (and or animals) allowed to live in the character. If later on it comes to light that you moved in with pets or children without seeking the approval of the landlord, your contract can be cancelled and you can be evicted. It is a myth that no one can remove you from a character if you have children. It may take a associate of months to get a court order but at the end of the day, the owner has the legal right to get you out of his or her character if you breached the contract.
3. Dont Sublet
It is a criminal offense to sublet a character that isnt yours unless it is specifically agreed with your landlord or allowed in your tenancy agreement.
4. continue Good Order and Condition of the character
While you live in the character you are responsible for its general maintenance. This method, keep it tidy, clean regularly to prevent pest infestation, dont damage the walls, carpets, curtains and any furniture and appliances that dont belong to you. Most people have no issue doing the house chores on their own, but for busy individuals it may be worth considering booking a specialized domestic cleaning service just to avoid a possible war with the landlord for bad maintenance of the character.
5. Dont upset the Neighbours
If you are someone who likes having regular house parties and regularly upset the neighbours, that can put you in trouble not only with your landlord but with the police in addition. Depending on the frequency and seriousness of your inconsiderate behaviour, you may be arrested and your tenancy agreement can be terminated.
6. Make Sure You Complete the End of Tenancy Cleaning
It is very scarce these days that specialized end of tenancy cleaning wont be outlined as a requirement for the return of your place upon your departure from the character. The majority of letting agencies and already private landlords will ask specifically for receipts from cleaning companies in order to release the complete place, already if you did a pretty good job yourself.
7. Dont Stop Paying Council Tax
In most instances, the tenant is required to pay the council tax during the tenancy period. Very few landlords include this expense in the rent price. If you decide to dodge council tax (as bothersome bill as it may be), you will be in breach of contract which method you can be evicted and may nevertheless have to pay the council for the time youve lived in the character.
Ultimately, the easiest way to avoid a war with your landlord is to read your tenancy agreement and follow it at all times. If it so happens that you need to make some changes, simply discuss it with the character owner in a calm and polite manner for an outcome in your best interest.