An increasing number of Britons, especially under 30s, now rent their home rather than own it. In fact according to UK accountants Price Waterhouse Cooper, by 2025, nearly half of young people between the ages of 21 and 39 will rent rather than own their home – and as a result they are increasingly known as “generation rent”.
And while landlords have both rights and obligations, so do private tenants.
If you’re not sure about the respective rights of yourself and your landlord, the first thing to look at is the tenancy agreement.
How we can help
Our leasehold team represent privately renting tenants throughout Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset and Somerset – and further afield – from our offices in Salisbury, Andover, Fordingbridge and Amesbury.
The team act for a wide range of landlords and tenants, providing straightforward practical cost-effective a wide range legal issues including:
- Eviction and unlawful eviction
- Landlord responsibilities
- Landlord and tenant disputes
- Residential Tenancy Agreements
The rights of assured tenants
These days, most private tenants in England and Wales are what is referred to as “assured shorthold tenants”.
Assured tenant have a number of automatic rights including the following;:-
- to stay in your accommodation unless your landlord has strong reasons to evict you [eg rent arrears, damage to the property, or other breach of your tenancy agreement]
- to have the accommodation kept in a reasonable state of repair
- the right of a your spouse or civil partner to take over your tenancy should you parcel
- not to be treated unfairly through some form of discrimination
Please note however, we are not able to assist tenants with regard to housing disrepair or in relation to council tenancies.