Your rights as a tenant
The Private Tenancies (NI) Order 2006 became effective in April 2007 and has reinforced the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants. Legislation governing the rights and responsibilities of private tenants is very complex - however, all tenants have basic rights.
Your basic rights as a tenant
A rent book
This should include the name and address of the landlord, the rent (and rates if applicable) payable and when it is due and details of any other payments you should make. The landlord must provide this within 28 days of the start date of your tenancy.
Additional rights for anyone whose tenancy started after 1st April 2007
If your tenancy started on or after 1st April 2007 you will have additional rights.
Your landlord must provide you with a statement of tenancy terms within 28 days of the tenancy commencement date
Where there is no tenancy agreement or where any agreement does not identify which party is responsible for repairs you have the right to have certain repairs carried out. The law sets out which repairs the landlord and tenant are responsible for.
If you do not have a tenancy agreement or the tenancy agreement does not state when the tenancy will end, under the law you have a right to a tenancy that will run for six months initially and after this period it will become a periodic tenancy.
For more information: r visit the Housing Advice NI website for more advice.
NEW PIMS SECTION LANDLORD AND LETTINGS LEGISLATION SUMMARY 1925 - 2016
In recent years there has been significant new Landlord Letting Legislation and numerous revisions to prevoius Housing Acts - to be frank much is punitive, over burden, over kill and confusing. To make it easier to digest we have created PIMS Time line summary 1925 - 2016. If in doubt call the Members Helpline. For related Letters Notices & Forms see PIMS Document Centre. The newest law with the most severe punitive implications is the 2015 Deregulation Bill ...
For more information: http://www.pims.co.uk/landlord-legislation/
TIMELINE Laws And Housing Acts - 1925 - 2016
This is Time line of current and pending Housing Laws Landlords and Letting Agents must operate within very defined laws, failure to comply can lead to jail, severe fines and prevent them from ever letting out properties again. The Housing Act 2004 - changed the face of modern letting imposing strict definitions on tenancy deposit compliance, HMO Licensing andHHSRS [maintenance and repair] the ultimate threat being HHSRS inspection by Council. Since we have had further revisions as a consequence of the Deposit Protection of Tenants Monies (introduced 6th April 2007 - revised April 2012 Localism Bill)and 2015 Deregulation Bill - Landlords- this redefines the use of Section 21 Notices including expiry of notice and restrictions on use.
For more information: http://www.pims.co.uk/landlord_housing_act/