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Landlord rights: an introduction

Even though the property may have been let to a resident or a commercial entity, landlords have rights.

  • You have the right to receive rent
  • You have the right to evict a tenant if that tenant has stopped paying rent or if the tenant is in constant breach of a term agreed in the lease
  • You have the right to enter your premises in order to make repairs (but with fair warning)

The right to receive rental payments does not end once a tenant has been evicted. A non-payment of rent is treated in law as a breach of contract.

The landlord's rights under the law of contract are to receive compensation as if the contract was fully performed. This means that, for example, if a tenant has not paid rent for the months of July and August, and is evicted in September, the tenant will still be liable in law for the rent for July and August and probably part of September.

The importance of the lease

Some of the rights are found in the lease itself. It is important when drafting and signing a lease to ensure the agreement contains all of the necessary terms and protections for the landlord’s interests. Failure to do so could result in a much higher risk exposure than is necessary for tenant and landlord relationships.

If you are currently involved in a dispute and you believe your landlord rights are being denied, a legal professional can offer you a considerable amount of insight. Property solicitors who specialise in landlords rights will be able to ensure that your case is strong, and advise you on the most appropriate option.

If you would like to obtain legal advice on landlord rights, Caven can put you in touch with a local property solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local property solicitors please call us on 0808 129 5759 or complete the web-form above.