Landlord tenant and rent agreement
A person who rents out the home / property to other people is known as landlord.
A person who occupies a house / property rented out by landlord is known as tenant.
Rent agreement is a written agreement between landlord and tenant, which specifies the conditions to occupy, use and vacate the specific house or property. Duration of rent agreement in Pakistan is normally 12 months. Before moving in the house or property, tenant pays the 2 months’ rent as security and 1 month’s rent as advance payment. After 12 months, rent agreement is either renewed or tenant vacates the house or property. There is generally 10% annual increase in the rent amount if rent agreement is renewed.
Landlord’s duties and rights
Duties of landlord:
Landlord has to register the rent agreement with the nearby police station
Landlord has to make sure that property is properly maintained before occupied by tenant
Landlord pay’s the tenant for any repair they do
Landlord has to give at least 1 months’ notice to the tenant before eviction
Rights of landlord:
Landlord has the right to set the rent
Landlord has the right to collect rent on due date
Landlord has the right to be informed about repairs and damages to the property
Landlord has the right to charge the tenant of damages to property
Tenant’s duties and rights
Duties of tenants:
Tenant has to pay the rent on time
Tenant has to pay all extra charges mentioned in rent agreement like bills & society fees
Tenant has to keep the property in good condition
Tenant has to inform the owner if repairs are needed
Rights of tenants:
Tenant has the right to enjoy peaceful living
Tenant has the right to be asked before entering home
Tenant has the right to be paid for the repairs done on behalf of owner
Tenant can end rent agreement at 1 months’ notice
Tenant has the right to get a copy of rent agreement
Tenant can reclaim the deposit at the end of rent agreement
Tenancy disputes and solutions
There can be many disputes during the tenure of rent agreement. Disputes are like non-payment of rent, eviction and many more. To solve these issues both parties should first consult themselves. If problems exist, then both should call their estate agents. If still problems exist, both parties should go to the court to resolve the issues. Both parties should avoid the quarrels.