It's the end of the month and rent is due but the rent has not been paid. What can a landlord do?
A landlord without going to court can seize and retain (as security) goods found on the rented premises to compel the tenant to pay the rent that is owed. If the payment is not made, the goods seized may be sold to recover the monies owed. This is called the right to distrain. However, certain rules must be followed by the Landlord in exercising this right.
The term landlord refers to a person who owns property and allows another person to use it for a fee. The person using the property is called a tenant. The agreement between a landlord and a tenant is called a lease or tenancy agreement. Each party to this agreement have certain rights and responsibilities which are called covenants.
Here are the most important covenants of a landlord and a tenant: