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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Additional rights of tenants

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If your tenancy started on or after 1 April 2007, you have some extra basic rights, even when no tenancy agreement exists.

Right to a tenancy statement

A statement makes it easier to enforce certain repairing obligations of the landlord and makes clear what your rights and responsibilities are under the tenancy terms.

Right to certain repairs

Your landlord will usually be responsible for keeping the structure and outside of the accommodation in good condition and free from disrepair.

Your landlord must also keep the equipment for the supply of water, gas, and electricity in good repair. If furniture or equipment breaks or wears out, your landlord may have to replace it. This depends on the reason it needs to be replaced and what it says in your tenancy agreement.

If your tenancy agreement states that the landlord should carry out the repairs, ask your landlord to make the repairs. It is a good idea to make a written request for repairs to your landlord. If your landlord doesn't carry out the repairs you might be able to force your landlord to do them if the condition of the property is damaging your health. You may also be able to get help from the local council if the property doesn't meet the basic fitness standards.

Environmental health officers in local councils can investigate fitness standards and repairs in private rented accommodation.

Right to a tenancy term of six months

If there is no agreement or no tenancy period stipulated in your agreement, you are entitled to a default tenancy term of six months.