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Advice for private landlords

What do I need to set up a tenancy?

A tenancy agreement is a legal document that both you and the tenant signs, this outlines the terms and conditions of the tenancy agreement.

A tenancy can either be:

  • fixed term - running for a set period of time
  • periodic - rolling tenancy

A tenancy agreement should include:

  • names of all people responsible for the property
  • how much the rent is and how often this is to be paid
  • the deposit amount and how it is protected
  • the property address
  • the start date of the tenancy and when this finishes
  • any tenant or landlord obligations

You will need to provide an up-to-date gas safety certificate, electricity performance certificate (EPC) and the How to Rent Checklist (opens new window). These are essential documents that need to be provided. Failure to do this will result in any Section 21 notice being invalid.

Last modified on 22 September 2023

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