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What is a tenancy agreement?

Updated: 20 Feb 2019
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Make sure you understand and accept your tenancy agreement before you sign!
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The tenancy agreement is a legal contract between you and your landlord. The agreement sets out the terms and conditions of the tenancy, such as the rent, the length of the tenancy, repair responsibilities, the amount and reason for the deposit, when the landlord can enter the property and any conditions and restrictions on the use of the property.
If your landlord doesn’t give you a written tenancy agreement you should ask for one.
Make sure you read the agreement carefully and that you understand and agree with the terms and conditions before you sign it.
If you feel there are unfair terms in the tenancy agreement you should consider not taking up the tenancy or get advice, from Housing Rights Service, Citizens Advice Bureau or call us on 03448 920 900 and ask for your local district office.