Tenancy agreement or Contract agreement
It is very important to make sure you have
a written tenancy agreement and read it carefully to understand your rights and responsibilities. Request help from someone you trust and who speaks English to read the clauses to you, as, if you fail to comply with these, this could terminate the contract.
The landlord or agent usually provides one. The government has published a model tenancy agreement that can be used.
Note: Do not sign the contract, whether it be for your housing, work or anything else if you do not understand it. If you have any concerns about the agreement, seek advice before you sign.
The tenancy agreement is a contract between you and your landlord. The tenancy agreement gives certain rights to both you and your landlord, for example, your right to occupy the accommodation and your landlord’s right to receive rent. The agreement will specify how long it is valid for. It is common for this to be 1 year or 6 months.
Both you and your landlord can have other conditions as part of the tenancy agreement if they do not conflict with the law.
Even if you have no written contract or tenancy, you still have rights such as:
- your landlord is responsible for basic repairs and you must provide access for any repair;
- you have the right to live peacefully in the accommodation without harassment from your landlord;
- You have an obligation to use your home with respect (for example, by not causing damage and by using fixtures and fittings properly).
A tenancy agreement can normally only be changed if both you and your landlord agree. The change should be recorded in writing, either in a new written document or by amending the existing tenancy agreement.
As part of agreeing to rent you the property, the landlord may request to see documentation proving you have the right to live in the UK (right to rent). If you hold an EU passport, showing your EU passport or ID card is sufficient.