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A tenancy agreement is a contract between a landlord and their tenants, which sets out the legal terms and conditions of the tenancy.
Most tenancy agreements will automatically be assured shorthold tenancy agreements. They will likely be this type of tenancy agreement if:
A tenancy can’t be an assured shorthold tenancy agreement if:
Even if you don’t have a written contract with your tenant, a tenancy agreement will still be in place. Under s54(2) of the Law of Property Act 1925, a tenancy will exist as soon as a tenant starts paying rent.
However, having a written tenancy agreement allows you to make certain stipulations, such as how and when you will review rent or the circumstances under which you may withhold all or part of your tenant's deposit.
Without a written agreement you won’t even be able to prove how much rent the tenant owes you, so may find yourself caught out.
If you don’t have an assured shorthold tenancy agreement that you currently use for your properties, you can download the template provided by Clarkslegal.
There are a number of things that you can include in an assured shorthold tenancy agreement. Our template covers:
There are other covenants and obligations you may want to consider including, such as:
If you want to add to or remove parts of the tenancy agreement, you should do this in conjunction with your legal counsel.
If you are considering making amendments to the assured shorthold tenancy agreement, you need to make sure that those changes comply with the law.
It’s illegal to discriminate against potential tenants on the grounds of:
If you have any concerns about what you can or can’t include in your assured shorthold tenancy agreement then consult your legal counsel.
But before you worry too much about what you do or do not want to include, take a look at our assured shorthold tenancy agreement example provided by Clarkslegal, which you can download for free.
If you would like to make changes and don’t have Adobe Acrobat, you can also download our assured shorthold tenancy agreement sample in Word format.
This document has been produced by Clarkslegal so we can’t take responsibility for its contents. We'd recommend you take professional advice before making any important decisions based on its contents.
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