It is advisable for a landlord to provide the tenant with a written tenancy agreement. Most if not all reputable agents will provide such tenancies for landlords.
A written agreement provides more security for both parties, as opposed to Oral agreements where the terms are open for argument.
Most tenancies are Assured Shorthold Tenancies. However, if a landlord or agent lets to a company, or the individual asks for his company name to be named as the tenant, then other types of agreements must be considered, such as a Company Let Agreement.
Section 1 of the Housing Act says:
Note two key factors, the tenant must be an individual and the property must be used as their only or principal home.
A well drafted tenancy agreement can help immensely should it ever be used as evidence at court. Clear terms set out before the tenant enters into/signs the agreement, such as Deregulation Documents, How to Rent Requirements and Deposit/Prescribed Information is as important and fundamental as stipulating how much rent is to be paid.
Call or email us if you wish us to draft a tenancy agreement for you, or if you wish to use our document checking service.