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Your Tenancy Agreement

Your tenancy agreement is a legal contract between you and DDC and is designed to make sure that you and other tenants are good neighbours and take proper care of the homes you rent. It sets out some rules that you, and those who live in or visit your home, must keep to by law. The tenancy agreement gives you rights as well as responsibilities. It also lists the services you are entitled to in return for the rent you pay. 

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As a tenant, we will expect you to do a number of things, including:

  • pay your rent on time
  • not owe us any rent (called 'rent arrears')
  • tell the council's benefit section if your entitlement to housing or council tax benefit has ended
  • respect your neighbours and allow them to enjoy their homes in peace and quiet
  • not to take part in any anti-social behaviour such as playing loud music late at night, late night DIY, allowing your home to be used for selling/taking drugs, letting your dogs bark for long periods of time, etc
  • let us know if your circumstances change, for example if your partner comes to live with you or your adult child leaves home
  • allow our contractors access to service your gas appliances once a year (required by law)
  • let us know if you want to run a business from your home. You must get permission from us to do this, but we may refuse depending on the nature of the business