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Renting – Tenants Questions

Can landlords evict without reason; can a landlord increase the rent at any time? These are just two of the most frequently asked questions by the many thousands of people who pay monthly rent to a landlord for a room or home in the region.

Head of Lettings at Balfours Charlotte George MARLA, says that the vast majority will have signed some form of contract; however tenants often don’t get to the bottom of some of the most crucial questions. That is where taking a tenancy through a reputable agency registered with ARLA - Association of Residential Letting Agents – provides a safety net.

Charlotte explains: “At Balfours we are seeking total transparency and fairness on both sides, to that end the majority of our properties are managed by our land agents who are members of the RICS – Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors – which is highly regulated – ensuring that the landlord too is fully protected.

Eviction and rent answers

“With these two bodies we have tried and tested regulations to work within, this means that a landlord can’t evict during the fixed term of a tenancy, unless the tenant breaches the terms of the tenancy. Beyond the fixed term landlords must give at least two months’ notice, referred to as a section 21 notice.

“Furthermore rent cannot normally be increased, unless you agree or the tenancy agreement allows; a rent review in a fixed term tenancy won’t apply until after the fixed term ends. It is worth a tenant asking when rents are usually reviewed as rents can be and often are increased at some time following the fixed term. 

“There are lots more questions that tenants often ask, or forget to ask, such as what if my landlord fails to do basic repairs, or can a landlord prevent me having friends or family to stay overnight?” Charlotte advises that by renting or letting through a reputable agent, who are members of ARLA and RICS  the UKs largest professional property organisations is the safest way to ensure legal rights are recognised – on both sides of the fence.”



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