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Most renters unaware of their rights, research shows

The vast majority of people who live in the private rented sector are unaware of their rental rights, according to new research.

A survey of people, undertaken by TotallyMoney, suggests that 97% of tenants do not know their full rights as renters.

The study also found that 50% of tenants do not know if their landlord could change their rent without notifying them, while 38% of tenants do not know when the landlord is permitted to enter the property.


The research also reveals that more than half - 57% - thought that a landlord is required to fix any and all problems with the property.

Even though landlords are legally required to fix major issues which affect the tenants’ ability to live in the property, they are not required to fix small issues - especially if the tenant is at fault.

To help tenants and landlords better understand their rights, TotallyMoney has created a complete guide to all the most-searched questions landlords are worried about.

Mark Molony, head of brand and communications at TotallyMoney, said: “Whether you’re a tenant or a landlord, knowing your rights and keeping an eye out for warning signs means you’re well prepared in the event of an issue or a dispute.

“We created this study in order to make sure readers had access to clear answers - it can often be tricky to find out the exact information on a problem while renting!”

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