Landlord and tenant responsibilities
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Landlords and tenants have rights and responsibilities - even if they're not mentioned in the tenancy agreement. The type of tenancy you have may affect your rights as a tenant.
Written or verbal agreement with a landlord adds to basic tenant rights, tenancy agreements cannot take any of these rights away, regardless of what it says. If a landlord (or someone acting on their behalf) tries to take away legal tenant rights, they may be guilty of harassment or illegal eviction.
Landlords have responsibilities and legal obligations which can't be avoided. If these responsibilities and obligations are not included in a tenancy agreement they still stand.
A tenancy provides tenants with some rights. Tenant rights also mean tenant responsibilities. Not sticking to tenant responsibilities weakens the rights of tenants.