Landlord Duties towards Tenants


Tenant Deposit and Rent

The tenant maybe required to pay a house deposit before getting into a house. The landlord has a responsibility of protecting the clients’ deposit and to return it when it is required and all set conditions are met by the tenant. However in some countries the landlord has a responsibility of placing this deposit with a government approved deposit scheme. This scheme can be contacted in a case where deposit disputes arise or if a tenant does not get his or her deposit back.

He is also required to have a record of each rent payment paid by the tenant and ensure that this protects tenants from rent disputes and unfair evictions. The landlord should issue receipts of all the money collected from the tenants as rent and ensure that the terms and of payment are well stated in the tenancy agreement.


The landlord should ensure that the rental house has proper electrical wiring, lighting, ventilations, and proper housing codes specified by the local housing authority, health, and fire departments. In many cities, residential units are required to have smoke detectors and specified security measures. Penalties for violation of any of these can be obtained from the relevant authorities.

Landlords under most local and state laws ought to offer and maintain a housing that fulfills basic habitability requirements, like adequate ventilation, water, electricity, proper sanitation, and a premise that is structurally safe.

General Repair/ Maintenance

It is the responsibility of the landlord to make certain repairs and make the premises in a habitable condition. He or she is responsible for repairing any damage caused through attempting repairs, electrical wiring the property structures and outer walls. Other areas include common areas like staircases in residential flats or blocks. The landlord has a responsibility of repairing sanitary fittings and drainages. Repairs of the security apparatus like alarms, security gates among others is also a responsibility of the landlord.

Do not disturb tenant

The landlord is responsible for protecting the tenants from both external and internal disturbances such as anti social behavior. Communication modules should be outlined emails and letters are more effective and official communication time observed. This is for both landlords to tenants and vice versa to avoid disturbances. He should have a license to show that they are meeting the minimum set standards from the council. However, the set level of protection should be set and outlined in the tenancy agreement.

Required Information from Tenant

The landlord is required by the law to collect the required details or information about his tenants like the names and identification card or other legal document numbers or to have a copy of the legal document in some countries. The tenants also have a right to know their landlord.

The landlord should ensure that each tenant is issued with a tenancy agreement which the tenant reads and signs before commencing tenancy with the terms and conditions well outlined, both parties retain a copy each after signing.