Tips For Tenants
As a tenant, you are now responsible for your home and maintaining the property in a good condition. We have put together useful tips to help you.
- Lost Keys or Locked Out
- If tenants get locked out or lose their keys, they must contact a locksmith.
- The tenant is responsible for the cost of replacement keys.
- If locks are changed, keys must be provided to the landlord / Eoin O’Neill Property Advisers.
- Management Agent for Apartment Complex
It is the Tenants responsibility to make note of the Management Company’s details and be aware of the House Rules.
Tenants must abide by the rules and cause no disruption to their neighbours and adhere to the parking arrangements.
- Fire Safety & Carbon Monoxide
- Tenants must test all smoke detectors & carbon monoxide detectors fitted in the property regularly and replace the batteries.
- Fire blankets must be kept wall mounted.
- It is the tenants’ responsibility to keep the hall, passages and staircases (if any) leading to the property, free from obstruction.
- Cooking fat, oil or grease should not be washed down the wastewater pipe, otherwise, the cooking fat, oil and or grease will harden when cool and block the pipes.
- To dispose of waste cooking fat, oil and grease, pour into an empty tin and when cool place in the waste bin. If cooking fat, oil or grease bloc pipes, tenants will be responsible for unblocking costs.
- Ventilation & Condensation
Tenants must keep the property well ventilated throughout the year and heated appropriately for the season. Here are some tips on how to keep the property well ventilated.
- Open the windows in the kitchen when cooking.
- Open the windows in the bathroom when showering.
- To maximise airflow throughout the property after cooking or bathing, keep windows and doors open- allowing condensation to escape.
- The use of the dryer to dry clothes minimises moisture in the air rather than using a clothes rack.
- Wipe down windows affected by condensation on daily basis and if any mould has formed, clean it off using an appropriate product from a supermarket.
- Who Pays for Insurance?
The landlord’s insurance usually covers structural damage with some contents.
It is the tenant’s responsibility to get contents insurance to protect their personal belongings.
Tenants must not assign or sublet, let or allow any other person to live at the property without the Landlord’s written consent.
- External Areas
Tenants must keep the gardens, patios and terraces (if any) including all driveways, pathways, lawns, hedges, landscaping, ornamental features including water features neat tidy and properly tended at all times and not remove any trees or plants.
it is not permitted to hang clothes/other items or store items on balconies visible to the public.
- Security Deposits
Please note that the deposit is not held by Eoin O’Neill Property Advisers and is held by the landlord.
Under no circumstances are tenants to use the deposit as the last month’s rent.
- Maintenance, Repairs & Access
- Please notify your Landlord or Eoin O’Neill Property Advisers of any maintenance issues in the property for it to be addressed and dealt with.
- Some jobs might require further investigation and multiple visits from contractors, or take some time to be completed due to availability, access to the property, an order of parts, or time of the year.
- Tenants are required to provide access for routine inspections and repairs.
- They must inform the landlord if repairs are needed and give the Landlord / Contractors access to the property to carry out repairs.
- Access for inspections and repairs must be provided within reasonable hours/working hours (8.30 am – 5.30 pm).
Below are a few tips to ensure all appliances will work correctly.
- If suddenly an appliance trips a fuse, please locate your fuse box and check if it is switched on. If it continues to trip, there might be too many appliances plugged in at once.
- Not to overfill dishwashers, washer/dryer machines, fridge/freezers.
- Ensure any filters/water drains of the appliances are not blocked.
- Fridge/freezer shelves and drawers are delicate, therefore it is recommended not to overfill them.
- Defrost the freezer regularly to prevent ice build-up.
Washing Machines & Washer-Dryers
- Regular maintenance washes should be carried out on your washing machines to dissolve any mould or soap residue that might have build up. To do so, the machine needs to be empty, set to the highest temperature and allow to complete its cycle. Fill the soap dispenser with soda crystals, and not normal detergent.
- With regards to technical repairs to be carried out to washing machine, it is advised for tenants to ensure pockets of clothing are empty and loose parts of clothing are secured before they are put into the appliance. The filter needs to be cleaned regularly to avoid blockage. Tenants will be liable for the call out charge with regards to personal items eg: buttons, wires, pins, hairpins etc being lodged in the washing machine pipes.
- With integrated washing machines, most filters are located at the bottom of the machine - behind a wooden board. To access the filter, the board would need to be removed.
- In free-standing machines, the filter is usually located at the bottom - behind a plastic cover or a flap. To access the filter the cover needs to be carefully unclipped.