In most regions there are laws in place allowing tenants to obtain the address of their landlord. It is not a violation of their right to privacy for you to obtain it. There are actually laws in place that state tenants should be given the address of their landlord.

Why Tenants Need their Landlord’s Address

The first reason that a tenant should always have the address of their landlord is in the event that they need to sue. Tenants have the right to contact a landlord and should be given the means to do so. Tenants have the right to know both the name and the address of the landlord of their house. This information is required to be on a written lease. If the lease is an oral agreement then the landlord is required to give you the address in writing when you first move into the dwelling. There are a few reasons why a tenant might need this personal information such as:

  • Make a request for Repairs
  • Help mediate with a lending agency
  • In case there is an emergency

How to Get the Landlord’s Address if it’s not Given

Tenants can obtain addresses and phone numbers of landlords through several means even if the landlord did not provide as they should. Tenants are not violating the landlord’s right to privacy by going through the proper means to obtain their address. You may find their address through one of these means:

  • Inspection Certificates – given by plumbers, gas technicians, or electrical technicians
  • Standing Orders – if you pay your rent into the landlord’s bank account the record should contain the address
  • Bills – when the property is empty the landlord pays the electric, gas and water – you may be able to get the details from a provider (however, in many areas it is a privacy issue and they cannot release even common information to third parties.)
  • Local authorities – tax offices and court clerks should have the landlord’s information on record since they file documents which become “public records.”