The Jersey Citizens Advice Bureau has campaigned for many years for
legislation that would provide tenants with a greater level of protection.
Jersey relies heavily on the rental sector to provide accommodation for its
residents and it is only fair that there is a modern legal framework which
provides clarity and protection for both tenant and landlord.
In 2011 the Bureau saw a 10% increase in the number of client contacts and the year-to-date figures show that we
continue to see a high demand for our services. In 2012 the economic climate continues to give policy makers cause
for concern and at the Bureau we see how this impacts on individuals and their families. Housing problems are the
second biggest issue that the Bureau dealt with in 2011, with advice being given on 1,684 occasion
Tenancy Deposit Protection
From the 2nd November 2015, new legislation will require landlords and letting agents in Jersey to lodge their tenant’s deposits with mydeposits Jersey, a new tenancy deposit protection scheme authorised by the States of Jersey.
The legislation has been introduced to help raise standards in the rental sector by reducing the number of deposit issues between landlords and tenants and providing tenants with better protection from having their deposit unfairly withheld. Tenancy deposit protection has been a huge success in England & Wales for over eight years and deposit related issues are now minimal.Read More
The Tenants’ Top Tips to Renting ……
- Know what sort of property you are looking for; size, furnishes, with a garden, bath or shower, storage are pets important?
- The first big question to establish …fees – who pays for what and when.
- If the local tenant demand is high, it’s important to appear keen and reliable – always turn up on time for viewings and have references and reservation fees ready. You could even have your own credit report ready to show prospective landlords/letting agents that you are well organised and can afford the property.
- Sources of rental property..web based sources, newspapers, friends, noticeboards etc. MAKE SURE you know who is actually letting and introducing you to the property as this will impact on the fees!
- Find out if you move end before the end of your tenancy – liability
- Check out the rental property checklist below;
Renting your Home Condition Report
Will Condition Reports help solve rental deposit disputes?
Disputes over the partial or non-return of rental deposits have consistently been amongst the most common issues of concern brought to the Citizens Advice Bureau.
It is therefore in order to ensure fairness between landlord and tenant that the introduction of the compulsory use of Condition Reports for landlords and agents who let accommodation under a residential tenancy agreement (‘tenancy agreement’) is so welcomed. But what do both parties need to do?
Details are available on the www.gov.je site at http://www.gov.je/Home/RentingBuying/HousingLaws/Pages/ConditionReports.aspxRead More