Private sector tenant advice
Here you can find information on different types of tenancy agreements, being served a notice to vacate your property and information about tenancy deposit schemes. There are also links to helpful leaflets.
Most private rented properties are Assured Shorthold Tenancies (AST). Any tenancy created after 28th Feb 1997 will be an AST. The initial fixed term of these is normally 6 months but can be anything over that. Once the fixed term expires it would roll into a contractual periodic tenancy that runs indefinitely from one rent period to the next.
Your rent period is the time between your rent payments. For example if your rent payment is monthly and is due on the 15th of the month then the rent period will run from the 15th of that month to the 14th of the following month.
Also, a tenancy agreement is created even if there is no written agreement. The occupier, with a tenancy created orally, has the same rights as one with a written contract as long as they have:
- Moved into the property
- Paid rent
- Have exclusive occupation i.e. live there solely and not with the landlord.
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