On the 1st of July 2015, the government introduced a new rental law that helps tenants to retain a larger part of their deposit when moving out of rented accommodation. The law defined what renovations tenants should or shouldn’t pay for – a brief summary is:
- A tenant shouldn’t pay for renovations that leave the home in a better condition than when the tenant moved in.
- A tenant should only pay for renovations that are necessary for damage exceeding the normal ‘wear and tear’ of living in the home.
Sadly, many landlords still impose charges or deductions on tenants for major renovations that they should pay for themselves. On this page you can learn about your rights.