Quick Guide - Tenancy Agreements

Quick GuideAlthough it is possible to create a tenancy without a tenancy agreement it is a very bad idea.  

On Landlord Law we have a wide selection of plain English style tenancy agreements along with supplement forms, clauses and articles and information about tenancy agreements.

You will find information about all of these along with links in the boxes below.

Note that if you are not a Landlord Law member, or have a Basic Membership some of the links will not work for you.  To join click here.  To upgrade your membership see here.

Before you select a tenancy agreement to use for your tenant you need to know:

 

  • The type of tenancy involved (as different tenancy types need different forms), and
  • The type of  tenancy agreement you want - for example, are you going to rent a room in a shared house, will the rent be inclusive of bills, will there be guarantors etc

To help we have two 'trails' (both open access):

 

You will also find articles about the different tenancy types in the Occupation Types section.

It is a good idea, if you issue your own tenancy agreements, to know as much as possible about them.

There is a huge amount of information to help you on Landlord Law:

 

  • We have a large section of FAQ here.
  • There is a lot of guidance on the tenancy agreements page (where you will find the forms), and
  • There are a number of articles which are listed below.

If you want to learn even more, there is a Tenancy Agreement Course available for sale which you can read about here.

Articles:

Granting a tenancy to a tenant is a significant act.  Not only are you effectively losing control of your property (which is why you need to be careful who you let to).  But there are also a number of procedures that need to be followed at this time.  Failure to do this can result in fines and penalties. 

 

To help with this, we have created a special checklist that takes you through all the actions you need to take. 

 

You will find the checklist here.

We have quite a few different tenancy agreement templates, which members can create using our document generator system.  When creating the tenancy agreements there are also a number of options (such as whether to include guarantors, how the bills are to be paid etc).

 

The tenancy agreements provided are:

 

  • A 'bog standard' AST - versions for England and for Wales
  • An AST for a room in a shared house (suitable for HMOs) - versions for England and Wales
  • Special ASTs for student lets - versions for England and Wales
  • A resident landlord tenancy agreement
  • A Company let agreement

They can all be found on this page.

Additional clauses

We have a number of additional clauses for members use.  For some reason, people often struggle to find them, but they can all be found at the bottom of the tenancy agreements page linked above.

Support

Note that we have some help articles here and a tour guide here explaining how our system works.

Members experiencing problems can ask for support via the green button support system.

As well as the tenancy agreement forms themselves, there are a number of other forms which members can use.  These are:

 

  • Two versions of our guarantee form (one of the a 'guarantor friendly version)
  • A renewal form - to use to renew the tenancy at the end of the term
  • A pets permission form - if you decide to allow your tenant to keep a pet
  • A home business permission form - if you decide to allow your tenant to run a business from the property, and
  • A lodger permission form - if you decide to allow your tenant to sublet to a lodger.

All of these forms can be found on this page.