What is a tenant…

in the eyes of a landlord and especially in the eyes of English Law. Interesting question isn’t it? Or a boring question if you are a landlord. The reason for this is as a landlord you wouldn’t have to ask about your rights because you have all the rights you can imagine. But a complete different thing if you are a tenant. In times like this ones where suddenly a lot of folks have to rent a place, because banks are not willing any more to lent money easily. Banks nowadays even ask house owners to start paying back money they borrowed years ago to buy a house with the prospect to pay only interest. Now as  house prices fall dramaticly  and the market shrinks they want their money back right now not after a house might be sold. Because even if it’s sold the price will be a lot lower than it was when the house was bought. So be aware of some facts if you become a tenant. If you had all the freedom you can imagine in your house you owned you now have to face the harsh life of a slave to a landlord who will in most cases have an agency as a representative. First thing you have to learn is make sure you do not live in the house or flat because the agency expects to get the house back after the tenancy ends in conditions better as it were when you started the agreement. Secondly you will learn that your rights as a human being are gone you give it up as soon you sign the contract. The landlord or the agency can whenever they are pleased enter your house or your flat to inspect whether you live like you promised to live in the agreement. For example never drill a hole in a wall to put up a picture, never ever try to redecorate a wall, a door. This sort of breaking the agreement would make you homeless within 2 month. Make sure everything is spotless, no dust, no traces of living beings, no smells, so stains on walls, on carpets, on doors, radiators, windows etc. If you want to stick to your tenancy agreement don’t move in because everything you do could break it. Or move in but do not live there only maintain the garden but make sure you don’t do any harm to plants because that would be a violation of the agreement. But regarding to some experts of the law you also have rights as a tenant. It says in most contracts you have the right to live in and enjoy the property (of course only as long as the agency or the landlord do not decide to visit and inspect). And of course the landlord has some obligations. He or she has to maintain the outside of the house but it is at his or her discretion to decide what good conditions mean. The landlord has to make sure, you have a good television reception, a telephone line and water and electricity. If you realize after you moved in that there is no television reception don’t be fooled by the idea you could pressure  your landlord to change that situation because you would break the agreement. Do not try to put up a satellite dish because you need the permission of the landlord to do so. Never try to through a party because that could be to laud for the neighbours and breaks the agreement.

So to answer the question we asked at the beginning of our little article: A tenant in this country as a person who has willingly given up all rights a normal person (normal persons are those who are house owners) has and put themselves completely and utterly into the hands of a landlord and an agency.