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Tenancy agreements: A guide for tenants

A tenancy agreement is a contract between you and your landlord that sets out any rules you need to follow while you’re living there.

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A tenancy agreement is a contract between you and your landlord permitting you to live in their property in exchange for rent. It might also set out any rules you need to follow while you’re living there.

Tenancy agreements are not always written down – they might simply be decided upon by speaking to your landlord. However, it is usually best to get a written copy of the terms so that you have a record of what has been agreed . Either way, there are certain things that should be discussed if you wish to set out a tenancy agreement. Tenancy agreements should include:

  • The names of everyone involved;
  • The address of the property in question;
  • How much the rent will be;
  • How the rent will be paid;
  • The process the landlord will use if they want to increase the rent;
  • Which bills you have to pay, if any;
  • How much the deposit will be;
  • How the deposit will be protected;
  • The situations in which money can be deducted from the deposit;
  • When the tenancy begins and ends;
  • Any specific responsibilities on the part of the landlord and tenant.

The agreement may also include other rules for your tenancy. However, it is important to note that any terms in a tenancy agreement must comply with the law and can’t be discriminatory. If the conditions of your tenancy are unfair or illegal then the landlord will not be able to enforce them.

In order to modify any terms of a tenancy agreement, both you and your landlord need to agree to the changes. 

The legal advice in this article was provided by DAS Law, part of the DAS UK Group. This information is for general guidance regarding rights and responsibilities and is not formal legal advice as no lawyer-client relationship has been created.

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The DAS UK Group

Goodlord partners with leading specialist legal expenses provider DAS UK Group to offer its Rent and Legal Protection policy. With 40 years of experience, DAS UK are experts in legal expense insurance products, writing more than seven million policies in 2018.

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