As a legal tenant of a property (listed on tenancy agreement), you have some legal protection from being exploited or treated badly. Some of your rights include:
- the property being kept in good condition
- the property meeting certain health and safety standards
- your bond repayment being signed by both of you
- your landlord generally can’t just show up whenever they like without notice (though there may be exceptions).
Your rights may be different when you rent a room instead of an entire flat, whether you’re a legal tenant or a flatmate (not listed on the tenancy agreement), or if you’re in a boarding house. Get more details about your rights on the Tenancy Services website.
It is also illegal for landlords to discriminate against people with a disability. Find out more about disability rights for housing and accommodation on the Community Law website.