Carlisle Key Accommodation
Please note the Carlisle Key tenancies will be given on a licence basis, not a LEASE. Therefore, a Tennant has no exclusive possession in the Landlord’s property and some of the information below will not apply. For your rights in Carlisle Key Accommodation please refer to your Licence Agreement.
- A Landlord has the right to enter and access their dwelling building A Landlord has the right to enter a building providing 24 hours notice has been given. A Landlord is allowed reasonable access to a property for matters concerning repairs and general maintenance unless a repair is an emergency. If this has not been agreed, this could be considered harassment.
- A Landlord may evict a tenant: A Possession order can be enforced by a Landlord for Tenant(s) to be out of a property with notice. If the order is suspended but the Tenant(s) do not adhere to conditions put in order, the Landlord may apply for High Court enforcement agents to evict them.
- Landlords may charge their Tennant(s) for damages. The damages must be more than wear and tear. The damage must have occurred while the Tennant(s) was living in the property, including proof. If the Tennant refuses to pay for the damages or have it fixed, the Landlord may evict them on this basis.
- A Landlord has the right to enforce the regulation of the use of the property. A Landlord can make regulations clear about the use of their property, providing it is done at the start of their contract. So if they wish for a Tennant not to keep a pet they may do so.
- Landlords may take a deposit from their Tenant(s) Providing they use the DPS scheme, they are entitled to charge a Tennant a deposit. The Deposit legislation in 2012 dictated that all Landlords must take a deposit from the tenant and put it into a secure scheme. The Landlord also has to provide details of where the money is being held as well as how to access it at the end of the tenancy. The Deposit Legislation 2015 defines that it must be done under s21.
- Landlords Penalties for failing to follow the Deposit Legislation Act can be ordered by the courts to return the deposit as well as pay the tenant no less than one times the value of the deposit that was given.
- The Landlords general responsibilities cover repairs; The landlord has to keep the structure and exterior of the building repaired. Such as drains and external pipes. This is from the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 sections 11-14 Landlords must keep up on the repairs of the water and gas pipes as well as the electric wiring. i.e. taps and sockets. Keep sink baths and toilets in working order. The Landlord is not allowed to refuse carrying out repairs to the common areas i.e. hallways and paths. Your Landlord must make sure that any of the gas appliances, (under the Landlords and Tenants Act 1995), in residential premises are safe; this means regular checks on these appliances, such as boilers and radiators. This also has to be done by someone who is registered with the Gas Safety Register. The Landlord must make sure that the record is kept, which cannot be kept from tenant when asked to see it.
- Fire alarms and Carbon Monoxide should be provided by the Landlord. The fire alarm should be installed on each storey of the building.
- The Landlord may require to have a HMO (Housing in Multiple Occupation) License. The Housing Act 2004 dictates that there has to be at least five persons to constitute more than one household.
- Fines for not having an HMO License include: Being fined up to £20,000 for this breach alone, Be ordered to pay back the previous 12 months rent to the tenant.
- Landlords must be familiar with the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) which is how housing and benefits are paid.
- Smoking in rented property that have communal areas are affected by the National Smoke Free Legislation; this means Landlords have to place signs and notices correctly through the property.
- The Fitness for Human Habitation Act 2018 requires Landlords meet the Standards as well as respond to the demands of any repairs needed by the tenant within a three-month period. If the Landlord does not the Landlord may be subjected to penalties such as banning
orders and fines up to £30,000