With the cost of living rising and the number of landlords selling up on their properties increasing, tenants in South London are facing increasing financial uncertainty. However, there are a number of laws that protect tenants from landlord disputes.
Here are some of the most important tenants' rights in South London:
- The Tenant Fees Act 2019 prohibits landlords from charging tenants for a range of fees, including for referencing, inventory, and cleaning.
- The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 states that landlords are responsible for repairs to the property, including fixing faulty appliances and making sure that the property is safe and in a habitable condition.
- Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 allows landlords to evict tenants with just 8 weeks' notice, but this law is being abolished later this year.
- Section 48 of the Landlord and Tenant Act gives tenants the right to know the name and address of their landlord.
- The Tenancy Deposit Protection Act requires landlords to protect tenants' deposits in a government-approved scheme.
- If you are a tenant in South London, it is important to know your rights. If you have any questions or concerns, you should contact a housing advice agency.
Here are some additional tips for tenants:
- Keep a record of all communications with your landlord, including emails, letters, and text messages.
- Take photos of the property when you move in and when you move out to document the condition of the property.
- Be prepared to stand up for your rights. If your landlord is not complying with the law, you should contact a housing advice agency for help.