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By : Mary Deoquino    99 or more times read
A vast number of people, who for some reason or the other, have not yet been able to afford their own homes or are currently in the process of acquiring one, would probably fall in to the category of renters or tenants. A majority of people these days acquire homes on rent and for that reason they hold certain tenant’s rights that are regulated by the government. Before renting a place for yourself, it is necessary for you to know and understand the rights that you are entitled to and what measures you need to take in case your rights are infringed.

What Rights do Tenant’s Hold?

Two main legislative promulgations are regulated by the government that assure the rights of tenants and renters and also inform them of their duties. They are known as the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 and the Landlords and Tenants Act from 1967-1994. These do not only present the rights of renters but they also offer a complete guide to the responsibilities of tenants which they must abide by in order to maintain a trouble-free relationship with their landlords. They were first introduced in the late 1980’s and have since then gone under certain changes that have been introduced to fulfill the needs and requirements of the real estate industry.

Some of the rights covered by the above mentioned legislation are:

  1. All the tenants have a right to live in a peaceful and quiet accommodation which should be situated in an appropriate environment. For this reason, it is necessary for the rental united to be located away from violent areas, unwanted interruption, burglary and just about all types of crimes.

  2. Tenants are allowed to utilize facilities along with other functionality which are required for their basic needs. This includes, but is not limited to the use of parts of the rental area such as ceilings, roof, heating and air conditioning system, laundry area etc. It is the responsibility of the landlord to make sure that these facilities are available and are in good shape.

  3. Reimbursement is the right of the tenant particularly if a field that is obligatory to be taken care of by the landlord requires repair or fixtures. But renters need to provide the original receipt and must keep the landlord informed about the damage in the house as well as its repairs.

  4. Tenants have the right to be protected against any interruption or unwanted entry from even the landlords themselves. Landlords must make sure that they make home inspections by setting up appointments with the tenants. They must have a good reason to pay a visit. They are not allowed to enter the premises without permission from the renter’s unless there is an emergency.

It is extremely important for the tenant’s to understand their rights and responsibilities so that they know their limitations and rights while renting a place. This helps both the landlord and tenants maintain a healthy as well as trouble-free relationship.
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