What are tenants obligations?

What are tenants obligations?

 

Certain minimum obligations are laid out in the Residential Tenancies Act 2004.  Failure to comply with any of these obligations could result in the termination of the tenancy subject to the landlord’s compliance with the act.

Under the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 tenants must:

  • Pay the rent and any other specified charges,
  • Avoid causing or make good any damage beyond normal wear and tear,
  • Notify the landlord of any repair requirements,
  • Allow access for repairs to be carried out and by appointment for routine inspections,
  • Keep the landlord informed of the identity of the occupants
  • Not engage in or allow anti-social behaviour
  • Not act, or allow visitors to act in a way that would invalidate the landlord’s insurance,
  • Not cause the landlord to be in breach of statutory obligations,
  • Not alter, improve, assign, sub-let or change the use of them dwelling without written consent from the landlord,
  • Provide the landlord with the information required so as to register the tenancy with the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB)

Anti-social behaviour is defined as behaviour that constitutes the commission of an offence, causes danger, injury, damage or loss, or includes violence, intimidation, coercion, harassment, obstruction or threats. It also includes persistent behaviour that prevents or interferes with the peaceful occupation of neighbouring dwellings by others in the building or its vicinity. (source PRTB)

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