Tenant For Years

Before entering the depths of renting, let’s first establish an understanding of the basics of tenancy.

What is a tenant?

What, exactly, is a tenant? A tenant is someone who occupies land or property owned by a landlord otherwise known as the owner of the property. In Malaysia, tenants range from international students to families looking for a place to stay. More often than not, tenants face discrimination when searching for a place to rent. Advertisements with select tenant preferences are fairly common.

Tenancy

A tenancy period is the duration of the tenant’s stay in the property owned by the landlord. A standard tenancy period usually consists of 12 months. There are of course cases in which tenancy ends or is terminated early. Such examples include personal emergencies or relocation of the family due to a parent changing jobs.

 

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When a landlord and tenant complete a deal, a tenancy agreement is then made. A tenancy agreement is essentially a contract that protects both landlord and tenant and comprises of terms and conditions set by the landlord which the tenant must meet. No smoking and no drinking are among the common clauses set.

 

While landlords are responsible for maintenance of the property, they are not responsible for the damage caused by the tenant. It is up to the tenant to take care of the property during their tenancy period as per the terms and conditions in the agreement.

 

For instance, in SPEEDHOME’s tenancy agreement, tenants are responsible for keeping the property, fixtures and fittings if there are any and furniture in good repair and condition except for when there is damage from:

  • Structural or inherent defects
  • Wear and tear
  • An act, omission or negligence of the landlord or its agents; or
  • An event beyond the reasonable control of the tenant.

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Landlords, on the other hand are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the damage caused by or result from:

  • Structural or inherent defects
  • Wear and tear
  • An act, omission or negligence of the landlord or its agents; or
  • An event beyond the reasonable control of the tenant.

Simply put, landlords are responsible for maintaining the property according to the criteria in which the tenant is excused from.

Summary

Here’s a recap:

  1. Tenant: A tenant is someone who occupies land or property owned by a landlord
  2. Landlord: The owner of the property
  3. Tenancy period: the duration of the tenant’s stay in the property owned by the landlord
  4. Tenancy agreement: a contract comprising of terms and conditions set

Thank you for reading!

 

If you would like to know more, take a look at our tenant guidebook.

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