When you decide to rent a property in the UK whether directly with the landlord or a lettings agent, you will need to ensure a tenancy agreement is in place. The tenancy agreement is a contract between you and your landlord. It may be written or oral.The tenancy agreement gives certain rights to both you and your landlord, for example, your right to occupy the accommodation and the your landlord’s right to receive rent for letting the accommodation.
All the agreed terms and conditions will have to be written in a tenancy agreement. Abiding by the law the tenancy agreement is set out to protect both you and the landlord in any future dispute.
Normally a tenancy agreement will come in two forms.
- Express terms: This is what would be written in the agreement, if there is one in place , whether it is agreed orally or in written format.
- Implied terms : This refers to the rights stated by the government/ law or established by custom practices.
It is good to ensure that the tenancy agreement has the following details included:
- The name of both the landlord and yourself including the address of the property being let
- Stating if the tenancy includes house sharing and each tenant responsibility
- The amount of the monthly rent, date it is due by and if that includes other bills like council tax, electricity etc.
- Responsibilities of the landlord in terms of maintenance.
- Deposit amount and protection details
- When the tenancy comes to an end and what is the notice period for both parties if they wish to come out of the agreement
When renting the property it is also worth checking if there is an inventory list and the conditions of the inventory provided prior moving.