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Non-Payment of Rent

If you do not pay your rent on time, your landlord is entitled to treat it as a breach of the tenancy agreement. The landlord can serve a notice to evict you in 14 days, or can make an application to court to end the tenancy. As a tenant you have a variety of options as to how you may respond.

As an alternative to ending the tenancy for non-payment of rent, your landlord could take distress action against you for the rent. Distress for Non-Payment of Rent

If you do not want to have to leave your home on short notice, or, at the very least be involved in the time and expense required to fight an eviction notice, it is very important that you pay your rent. Even if you have an ongoing dispute with your landlord you should not respond by not paying your rent.

For example, you should never use your rent money to pay for repairs that you consider the landlord should be carrying out.

May 2005