Your Havebury home: Your Responsibilities
As a tenant you have a number of responsibilities, including the upkeep of the property you are renting, to anti-social behaviour and making changes to the fabric of the property you are renting.
This section will guide you on a number of subjects including reporting repairs, how to apply for permission to make alterations to your home and ensuring you have the right insurance in the event of a fire or flood.
Below are some documents which you might find of use when managing your tenancy:
Tenure Reform: The Practical Implications
- The ability for housing associations and local authorities to offer tenancies for a fixed term
- An affordable rent model which enables eligible housing providers (those with a delivery agreement with the Homes and Communities Agency) to set rent at up to 80% of local market rents, both on a proportion of their existing re-lets and on new build properties. This increased rent is to be used to fund new development.
Read this document from the Chartered Institute of Housing about the different phrases you will hear when your tenancy is referred to.
Important information about storing of fuel at home
Storage of fuel at home or the workplace (unless specifically licensed) is restricted by law to either metal containers with a maximum capacity of 10 litres or approved plastic containers of a maximum 5 litres capacity. These containers should be designed for the purpose and must be fitted with a screw cap or closure to prevent leakage of liquid or vapour.
Petrol and diesel fuel should be stored in no more than two 10 litre metal containers or two 5 litre plastic containers. They should be clearly labelled as to their contents.
Petrol filling stations operate under license conditions, which do not allow drivers to dispense fuel into other types of container. At home, fuel containers must not be stored in living accommodation such as kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms or under staircases. Any storage place should be well away from living areas in case of fire and it should be secured, to protect against the possibility of vandalism or arson.
Suffolk Fire Service answers about 10,000 emergency calls a year and attends 8,500 emergencies. Of these, over 1200 are serious fires, including some 400 accidental fires in the home and 460 are serious road traffic collisions. Don’t become a part of these statistics!