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Tenancy Agreements

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If you are a private landlord and need a Tenancy Agreement then contact our Nottingham HQ for professional low cost advice. We will be happy to talk you through the issues involved and prepare the required documents on your behalf. We can also talk to you about the associated matters to be considered such as Landlord Wills and Power of Attorney.

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Find out more about tenancy agreements

The most common type of tenancy agreement that Landlords offer their tenants is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement.

This type of tenancy agreement has a number of benefits for you as a Landlord, which include:

  • Your tenant must leave the property on a fixed date (unless you both agree to the grant of a new tenancy)
  • If your tenant breaches the terms of the Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement, you will usually be able to remove them by obtaining a Court order

Assured Shorthold Tenancies do guarantee that you will get repossession of the property at the end of the term. However, if the tenant refuses to leave, you will still have to go to Court.

Assured Shorthold tenancies are not suitable for:

  • Properties where the Landlord is living on the premises
  • Properties where the rent is in excess of £100,000 (England) or £25,000 (Wales)
  • Properties that will not be your tenant’s main home
  • Properties that will be let by someone other than an individual/couple/family (for example, a Limited Company or Housing Association)

We can offer you advice on all of the above circumstances.

You can offer an Assured Shorthold Tenancy for any period of time. However, you will not be able to obtain possession of the property during the fixed term unless your tenant breaches any of their obligations. There will also typically be no rent review clause in the agreement. This type of tenancy is therefore appropriate for lettings of between 6 and 12 months. If you would like to grant an Assured Shorthold Tenancy for a longer period, we suggest you obtain legal advice.

Most Landlords will want to obtain a deposit from their tenant in case they cause damage to the property or fail to meet some other obligation, such as the payment of rent. You will need to place the deposit into one of two specific schemes within 14 days of receiving it.

If you would like your tenant to leave the property at the end of the term, you must write to them two months prior to the end of the term to inform them.  If you do nothing (and assuming the tenancy is not renewed), the tenancy continues and can only be terminated by giving the tenant two months’ written notice.

Note that if you have a mortgage, you may need to obtain the consent of your Lender before granting an Assured Shorthold Tenancy. If you own the property under a lease, you may have to obtain consent from your landlord to sublet.

If your property will also be let to more than one ‘household’, you will need to obtain a license for ‘Houses in Multiple Occupation’.

April King can assist you with drafting an Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement for a highly competitive fee, and we can advise on any questions you may have.

Other types of tenancy

We can also provide advice in relation to:

  • Excluded tenancies or licences (where you live in the same house as your tenant and share rooms with them such as a bathroom or kitchen)
  • Assured tenancies (tenancies starting between 15 January 1989 and 27 February 1997)
  • Regulated tenancies (tenancies starting before 15 January 1989)

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Get in touch for advice about Assured Shorthold Tenancies and any other questions you have relating to Landlord and Tenant law.

April King’s headquarters are in Nottingham and we have 29 offices across the Midlands. We would be happy to see you at your local office.

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