It should state in your tenancy agreement if you are responsible for the upkeep of the garden. If you are, you will probably be required to leave it in a good condition– if the garden was overgrown when you moved in make sure you take lots of photos and document it on your inventory.
If gas appliances in your home aren’t safe you run the risk of fire, explosion and carbon monoxide poisoning – see section on carbon monoxide and detectors for more information on this.
It is your landlord’s responsibility to ensure that a gas safety check is carried out on the property at least once a year, and a copy of the safety certificate must be provided to the tenant. If, during the safety check, a fault is noticed, it is the landlord’s duty to get it repaired as soon as possible. As a tenant, it is up to you to allow the gas safety check to be done in the property and do any repairs if required. Your landlord should give you at least 48 hours notice before they come to your property.
There are other things as a tenant you should watch out for; if you think you smell gas it is possible there is a gas leak in the property which is potentially very dangerous. Make sure you open all doors and windows so the property is well ventilated, switch off any electrical appliance at the wall and put out any naked flames such as candles or incense. Call the National Gas Emergency Services line on 0800 111 999 from a mobile or payphone. They will talk you through turning off the gas supply if possible, and arrange for someone to come to your property within 2 hours. Leave the building and don’t go back in until the engineer says it is safe to do so. They may have been able to fix the problem there and then, or may have just isolated the leak so the property is safe again. If this is the case, you will need to arrange for someone to come and fix the problem, and let your landlord know, along with your gas company.
If you think you’ve been exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning, go and see your doctor. Even if you don’t smell gas, there can be warning signs that there is a problem, such as sooty marks, gas flames which burn yellow or orange instead of blue, excessive condensation on windows and pilot lights which blow out frequently. If in doubt, get it checked.
There are 18 different grounds (reasons) for eviction. If your landlord wants you to leave the property at least one of these grounds must be given.
If you refuse to leave your landlord can apply to the First-tier Tribunal for an eviction order under these grounds.
Grounds 1-8 are 'mandatory' meaning that if the Tribunal agrees that the ground exists, you must leave the property. Grounds 9-16 are 'discretionary'. This means that even if the Tribunal agrees that the ground exists, it still has to decide whether it is reasonable to issue an eviction order. Grounds 17 & 18 can be either mandatory or discretionary, depending on the circumstances of the case.
If you are at the end of your tenancy, your landlord doesn’t have to have a reason to evict you as long as they give you the required notice to quit and a section 33.
Ground 1: the landlord wants the property to be their home or the property was previously their home. This can be used if the landlord wants to move back into the property, or have their spouse or civil partner move into the property. It can also be used if the landlord lived in the property before you moved in. This ground requires 2 months notice.
Ground 2: mortgage default. This will be used if the landlord hasn’t kept up with their mortgage payments and the lender is selling the property to reclaim the debts. This ground requires 2 months notice.
Ground 3: off season holiday let. If you are living somewhere which is normally used as a holiday home, this ground can be used if the property was let as a holiday home within the year before you moved in and you have lived in the property for a maximum of 8 months before you received a notice of proceedings. This ground requires 2 weeks notice.
Ground 4: vacation let of student accommodation. If the property was rented out to students in the year before you moved in and you have lived there for less than a year before you were served with a notice of proceedings, your landlord can use this ground if you are living in a property which is normally rented out to students during term time. This ground requires 2 weeks notice.
Ground 5: minister/lay missionary property. Your landlord can use this ground if a minister or lay missionary is going to move into the property while they are working in the area. This ground requires 2 months notice.
Ground 6: re-development. If the landlord wants to do major work on the property and it can’t be done whilst you’re living there, or you say you don’t want to live there while the work is carried out, they can use these grounds to evict you. This ground requires 2 months notice and you should be entitled to reasonable moving expenses.
Ground 7: tenancy inherited under a will or intestacy. If you inherited the tenancy through the previous tenant’s will, your landlord can ask you to leave unless the deceased tenant was your spouse or civil partner, and they hadn’t inherited the tenancy themselves. This ground requires 2 months notice, and the landlord must have served you with a notice of proceedings within a year of the person dying, or within a year of the landlord finding out the person has died.
Ground 8: 3 months rent arrears. If you have 3 months rent arrears on the date of your court case, you can be evicted for this. If you have less than 3 months on the date at court, the sheriff doesn’t have to evict you if they think it’s unreasonable. This ground requires 2 months notice.
Ground 9: suitable alternative accommodation available to tenant. If your landlord has found suitable accommodation for yourself and family, they can use these grounds to evict you. You must have the same or similar rights in the new property as you had in the previous property. This ground requires 2 months notice.
Ground 10: tenant served notice to quit but did not leave. If you served notice that you wanted to leave but then didn’t do so, the landlord can use this as a ground for eviction. This requires 2 weeks notice, and it must be served within 6 months of the date you said you were going to leave.
Ground 11: persistent delay in paying rent. If you keep paying your rent late this ground can be used, though the sheriff is less likely to evict you if you don’t have any arrears. This ground requires 2 weeks notice.
Ground 12: some rent unpaid. This ground can be used if you had unpaid rent on the day you received your notice of proceedings and the day you go to court. This ground requires 2 weeks notice.
Ground 13: breach of tenancy conditions. This can be used if you have broken a term of your tenancy agreement. This ground requires 2 weeks notice and cannot be used in relation to rent arrears.
Ground 14: deterioration of the house or common parts. This can be used if you or someone living with you has damaged part of the property or the surrounding are. It can also be used if you failed to report a repair which caused damage to the property and got worse because it wasn’t repaired. This ground requires 2 weeks notice.
Ground 15: nuisance or annoyance. This can be used if you or someone living with you has been causing a nuisance or annoying your neighbours or has been convicted of using the property for illegal purposes such as dealing drugs. This ground requires 2 weeks notice.
Ground 16: deterioration of condition of furniture. If you or someone living with you has damaged the furniture in the property or not looked after it properly, this ground can be used. This ground requires 2 weeks notice.
Ground 17: ex-employees of the landlord. If you used to be employed by the landlord and lived in the property as part of your job, your landlord can evict you on this ground once your employment has ended. This ground requires 2 months notice.