Renting from a private landlord

Last updated: 27 February 2018

Signing the tenancy agreement

Before you move into the property, you should sign the tenancy agreement.

This is a document that lays out the terms of your tenancy and a set of rules that both you and your landlord should follow.

When you sign a tenancy agreement, check it to make sure:

  • it's for the address you're moving into
  • your landlord's contact details are included
  • the rent in the agreement is correct, and whether you're expected to pay it monthly or weekly
  • the length of the lease is what you agreed – normally 6 or 12 months
  • it states the reasons why the landlord can take money off your deposit
  • it says whether it's an assured or short assured tenancy – the main difference is it's easier for the landlord to get the property back if it's a short assured tenancy

A short assured tenancy can only be created if the landlord serves an AT5 notice on the tenant before the tenancy agreement is signed.

Renting from a private landlord
Signing the tenancy agreement