Getting paperwork ready
Before you start advertising your property, you should prepare the paperwork you'll need later. The paperwork you need depends on the tenancy type.
Tenants who rented your property on or after 1st December 2017
These tenants will have a 'private residential tenancy' and a tenancy agreement to support this.
Tenants who rented your property before 1st December 2017
The two most important things you needed to prepare were a Tenant Information Pack and a tenancy agreement.
If you wanted the tenancy to be short assured rather than assured, you should have given tenants an AT5 form before any tenancy agreement was signed.
Tenant Information Pack
The Tenant Information Pack gives information to tenants in privately rented housing.
It tells tenants about their home, tenancy and landlord, and tells them what their responsibilities are (as well as your responsibilities as a landlord).
It was your legal duty to give your tenant a Tenant Information Pack by the time they moved into the property.
If you were using a letting agent, they may have given one to the tenant on your behalf.
This tells the tenant all the terms of their lease. It is a contract between you and your tenant. It covers things like safety, payment of rent and house rules.
As a landlord, you must give your tenant all the terms of their tenancy in writing. If you don't you'll be breaking the law.
Use our model tenancy agreement form to create a tenancy agreement.