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Wrongful evictions – your responsibilities as a landlord

Although the property still belongs to you as the landlord, it is still considered as the tenants’ home. This is reflected in the way the law states what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour on the part of the landlord
You are of course allowed to end the tenancy and evict the occupants if you wish. However, you must follow the correct procedure. The details of this depend on the type of tenancy and the reasons for eviction, but the process will usually start with written notice, and there will be a minimum period before the tenants are required to move out. If it comes to it, you will need to get a court order to evict them. Not following the correct procedure counts as an illegal eviction, which can come with stiff penalties.Aside from protecting your tenants from wrongful eviction, the law sets out various boundaries for landlords regarding:
Collection of rent money
As the landlord, you must tell your tenants when and how to pay rent (e.g. cash, cheque, bank transfer). You must accept the money from them, and the tenancy agreement should state if and when the rent may be increased.
Access to the property
You may not enter the property whenever you want – something you may feel is strange, given that it belongs to you. A landlord will usually need to give reasonable notice before visiting, typically 24 hours. You may not visit at unsuitable times, or otherwise harass your tenants by preventing them from using utilities or certain rooms.
Maintenance of the property
As the landlord, you must ensure that you keep the property maintained so that it is safe to use. Although it is easy for landlords to overlook these factors when faced with a difficult occupant, tenants’ rights are clearly set out in law.
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