Letting or renting a property to a tenant can be a stressful and complicated process, which often ends in disputes between the landlord and tenant. To avoid conflict, a tenancy agreement should be put into place to outline the roles and responsibilities of both parties.
A tenancy agreement is a sometimes complex document that must be written clearly and correctly. Our solicitors have years of experience in helping landlords to create an agreement that will help to protect their interests should anything go wrong.
If you are a landlord and need to draft a tenancy agreement, contact our expert solicitors today and we will provide you with the help and advice you need. Simply call 01244 373 373 or complete our online contact form to talk to us today.
What is a tenancy agreement?
A tenancy agreement is a contract between a landlord and tenant that outlines the terms and conditions of a property rental. This document serves to protect both parties by outlining what is expected from each person. If this contract is broken, the other party may use the tenancy agreement to prove any wrongdoing.
A tenancy agreement should outline the following:
- The names of the tenant and landlord
- The start and end dates of the property rental
- The location of the property
- The amount of deposit to be paid
- The amount of rent to be paid
- The due date of rent payments
- Rules for the tenants
- Responsibilities of the landlord
When it has been drawn up, this document should be signed by both landlord and tenant as an agreement to the terms and conditions within the agreement.
How we can help with residential tenancy agreements
For a tenancy agreement to work, the document needs to be watertight, leaving no holes, uncertainties or unanswered questions. At PDA Law, we’re experts in writing professional tenancy agreements that are fair for both parties.
We can help you with the following:
- Drafting a document on your behalf
- Assisting you with the drafting of a document
- Advice on what to do in the event of a breach of contract
- Advice on terms and conditions
This list is not exhaustive; we aim to help you with any aspect of a tenancy agreement, so if you have any enquiries about renting out a property and you don’t see a directly relevant topic listed here, simply contact the team to receive our expert advice.
Tenancy Deposit Schemes
A common area of dispute in tenancy agreements is the return of the tenant’s deposit when they move out, and in recent years landlords’ duties in this area have increased significantly with the introduction of mandatory Tenancy Deposit Schemes.
These hold the money paid as a deposit in an approved third-party scheme, rather than it being paid directly to the landlord. As such it can be more difficult to retain the deposit in order to cover the cost of any repairs or cleaning work that are required due to the state the tenant left your rental property in.
Where a dispute arises over retaining part of the deposit, or where you yourself need to demonstrate that you are legally entitled to retain some or all of the money, we can help you to do so.
Many of the landlords who need our help in this way are retaining deposits for the first time under the current Tenancy Deposit Scheme system, but we also have plenty of landlords who come to us time and time again to make sure they follow the correct legal process to prove how much they are entitled to retain, and prevent any objections by the tenant.
Services for Landlords and Tenants
Our tenancy and landlord specialists can advise on several areas relating to tenancy agreements and how to proceed if a tenant or landlord is considered to be in breach of the terms of the agreement.
If you are a tenant and believe that you have been forced to leave the property without good reason, speak to our team about Unlawful Eviction and the legal routes to compensation or even returning to the property.
If you are a landlord who needs to evict a tenant due to breach of tenancy agreement, rent arrears or any other reason, we can advise you on the legality of doing so, and help you to avoid any objections once they are removed from the property.
We can also advise on cases where a property has fallen into disrepair, including helping tenants to deal with unresponsive landlords on issues like boiler repairs, leaks in mains utility supplies, and significant damp or mould problems.
Our experts are on hand to receive your call. No matter your question or query, our solicitors will provide you with leading expert advice. Contact PDA Law today by calling 01244 373 373 or completing our online contact form.