A Tenant’s guide: Tenant’s responsibilities matrix

This document outlines the responsibilities of the tenant and the landlord in a matrix form, for ease of reference, and to compliment the more detailed article A tenant’s responsibilities when letting a property.  The document attempts to include most responsibilities but, it is inevitable it will not be exhaustive.  Please forward any suggested additions to enquiries@kandglettings.co.uk.

  Responsibility of 

Item/factor/issue   Tenant  Landlord
 Insurance
 Contents

 X

 Buildings

 X

Bills (unless otherwise agreed)
Paying the rent on time

 X

Water bills

 X

Electric bills

 X

Council tax bills

 X

Utility bills

 X

Service charges

 X

Television licence

 X

Telephone bills (including line rental)

 X

Satellite/cable television

 X

Broadband

 X

Pay for any reminders sent to the tenant for late rent payment or bounced cheques

 X

Maintenance
Annual gas safety check

 X

Garden

 X

External structure of the building

 X

Keeping  the inside of the property clean and in good condition (fair wear and tear excluded)

 X

Testing smoke alarms

 X

Replacing smoke alarm batteries

 X

Replacing lost or broken keys

 X

Replacing broken glass

 X

Emptying refuse bins

 X

Preventing water pipes from freezing in winter

 X

Plumbing

 X

Blocked drains

 X

Electrical wiring

 X

Heating system

 X

Ensuring adequate ventilation

 X

Replace any damaged fittings or installations (fair wear and tear excluded)

 X

Not to allow the property to become infested with vermin

 X

Not to change locks

 X

When moving out
Remove all belongings from the property when moving out

 X

Leave a forwarding address for correspondence

 X

Other
Not leaving the property empty for more than 2 weeks

 X

Only park vehicles in assigned spaces

 X

Not to sub-let or under-let

 X

Not to redecorate without permission of the landlord

 X

To secure all windows and doors and set security alarm when leaving the property

 X

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