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Tenancy agreementMost landlords and agencies use assured shorthold fixed-term tenancy agreements and will usually run for a 12 month period.

Many will require full rent during the summer period. Some may only ask for half-rent so it is worth checking this when you sign your agreement.

  • Always read the contract before signing.
  • Be sure what period you are signing for – if you sign a 12 month contract you are liable for rent for that period and a landlord can pursue you for any unpaid rent if you leave before the end of the fixed term.
  • Do not sign anything you don't understand - seek advice.
  • Don't be pressured into signing - there will always be another house.
  • When you do sign, make sure you get a copy.
  • Remember - you will have to pay for gas/electric/phone bills - ask about water rates.
  • Don't forget the TV licence.

Page last updated on Friday 19 February 2016 at 3.30pm.


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