Top tips for tenants renting over the Christmas period

As we get closer and closer to the big day, or more importantly closer to those pigs in blankets, most of us will be inviting friends and family over for a good festive party.

If you are renting your property, you need to remember your responsibilities, or you’ll have more than the sprouts to fear this Christmas.

The Association of Residential Letting Agents warns that you must still keep up your neighbourly duty, or you could cause more of a problem than just annoying your neighbours.

Here are a few tips on how to stay out of trouble this Christmas.

  1. Let your neighbours know

More often than not, they will be more accommodating if you let them know in advance. They can adjust their plans and they will know that it won’t be a regular occurrence.

 

  1. Check your contract

It’s always worth checking the small print in your tenancy agreement as some do prohibit hosting parties. If you have any doubts then get in touch with your landlord.

 

  1. Keep your eye on the time

Be sure to turn your music down after 11pm so that you don’t break The Noise Act 1996 – have respect for your neighbour’s peace and quiet and it will go a long way.

 

  1. Be careful who you invite

Any accidental damage that occurs during a party may come out of your deposit. If you do damage something it is best to tell your landlord straight away to avoid any unexpected bills when you leave.

 

  1. The final straw

If you do receive consistent noise complaints, you could be evicted from your property under the Housing Act 1996.

 

So make sure while you do have fun this Christmas, you make sure your neighbours do too!

Read the full article on how to be courteous over the festive season here

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