Wealden District Council

My Responsibilities As A Tenant

Your tenancy agreement

The tenancy agreement which you have signed is a legally binding document and sets out the details of your tenancy.

Your Responsibilities As A Tenant

As a council tenant you have certain responsibilities including:

General

  • Paying your rent and any service charges in advance on a Monday and not allowing the rent to fall into arrears
  • Occupying your property as your main and principal home, so you cannot  move out and let someone else live there. If you are aware of a property which is not correctly being occupied please notify us using the Report an incorrect property use form
  • Informing us of changes in your circumstances e.g. if you wish to add or remove a name from the tenancy you must contact your Housing Officer for advice to see if this is possible
  • Providing the council with 4 weeks written notice if you wish to end your tenancy - please be aware that you are liable for the rent for this period and anything outstanding on your account
  • In the event of the death of the tenant, leaving no one else in occupation, it is the responsibility of the next of kin to provide the Council with a completed Give notice on Sheltered Property form

Internal Decoration

  • Internal painting and decoration is your responsibility

Access

  • With reasonable notice given, you are required to provide the Council or its contractors with access so we can repair or improve the property and to carry out the annual gas safety check
  • In Retirement Living there will be checks to smoke alarms and testing equipment for which you will be required to give access

Repairs

See our Improvement Works page

  • Damage caused by you, someone living with you or a visitor
  • Changing locks following loss of keys, fitting new locks or needing extra keys cut
  • Floor coverings, maintaining improvements fitted by you
  • Clearing blockages caused by your neglect
  • Treating household pests