The tenancy agreement is a legal document which acts as a contract between you and the landlord. It specifies certain rights to both you and the landlord, such as your right to live in the home for the agreed term and your landlord’s right to receive rent for letting the property.
Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement
An AST has been the most common form of tenancy agreement and sets out the duties of both tenant and landlord. The most important aspect of this agreement is that the landlord has the right to repossess the property at the end of the agreed term. There is no minimum term specified either, although the tenant has the right to remain in the property for at least six months.
There are specific requirements linked to an AST that include:
The tenant(s) must be an individual (i.e. not a company).
The property must be the main home of the occupant.
The property must be let as separate accommodation.
The landlord is obliged to provide the tenant with two months’ notice if they want to terminate the agreement.
The agreement will most likely contain the following information:
Your name, your landlord’s name and the address of the property which is being let.
The date the tenancy will commence and expire.
The duration of the tenancy.
The amount of rent payable and when payment is expected.
Towards the end of the term you need to notify the landlord (via the agent for a managed property) of your intention to either extend the agreement with their permission or vacate.
If you decide to move out, then it’s advisable to return the property as you found it so you have a higher chance of getting your full deposit back (please allow for the deductions of the check out, price dependant on the property)
We advise that you do the following;
Give the property a thorough clean, including carpets, windows, ovens, walls and furniture.
If it’s your responsibility, tidy up the garden and clear away any rubbish.
Return all of the keys to the landlord.
Remove all of your personal belongings.
Be satisfied you’re leaving the property as you found it.
You’ll be asked to go through the inventory checklist (Check out) with the clerk on the day of departure.
If an agreement cannot be reached as to the damage of particular items, which items have been damaged, or repair costs, then you should make sure you take photographs. Get your own repair cost estimates and write to the landlord with your findings and work towards a mutually agreeable solution.
If both you and the landlord are satisfied the property has been left in an acceptable state and you have made your final rental payment, there should be no problem getting your deposit back.