Tenants’ responsibilities

Sometimes when you’re renting, it’s difficult to know who is responsible for what. The rights, responsibilities and obligations of a tenant and landlord are covered in the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 but we thought we’d give you a quick rundown of some items that fall into a bit of a grey area in terms of the law.

Replacement of light globes
Tenants are responsible for changing any light globes unless a proviso has been written into the lease agreement.

Cleaning of gutters
Gutter cleaning is the responsibility of the property owner. This is purely to minimise risk to the tenant (and owner) in the event of an accident.

Lawn and garden care

In most cases (unless it’s specified in your agreement) it’s the tenant’s responsibility to maintain the garden to the same level it was upon moving in. This means regular mowing of lawns and keeping gardens looking tidy and weed free. This doesn’t including trimming or pruning of any large trees, though – this is the owner’s responsibility. We usually make note of any trees that need attention in our regular maintenance reports to the owner, and we’ll organise professionals to tackle this kind of work.

So, to sum up: it’s a tenant’s responsibility to maintain the condition of the property you’re renting. It’s our responsibility, in conjunction with the property owner, to make sure that the property is safe, in a good state of repair and fit for you to live in.