This is the home page of our tenancy agreements section.
At Landlord Law we have a huge selection of tenancy agreements. This is an important reason why people join our service. This page explains our tenancy agreement service.
(Note - if you are not a member you will not be able to follow many of the links on this page as they lead to member only content)
These are the main types of tenancy:
- Type A - this is the 'bog standard' assured shorthold tenancy agreement (AST) where one or more people sign an agreement for a tenancy of a whole house or flat.
- Type B - this is where the tenant signs an agreement for a room in a shared house, where they share the rest of the property with other occupiers.
- Type C - 'common law' tenancies, where the rules governing ASTs don't apply
- Student lets - our special tenancy agreements for student tenancies
- TDS - for agents and landlords using the Dispute Service tenancy deposit scheme which has special required clauses, can also be used by landlords using Deposit Guard
- We also have renewal forms for all the different types of tenancy. These are shorter forms that just continue the tenancy for a further fixed term, at a new rent, but otherwise on the same terms and conditions as before.
If you want to see what our tenancy agreements look like, you will find a sample AST guarantor agreement >> here (first five pages only - it should open in a new window or tab). Members will find some complete copies of sample agreements on the various download pages.
Tenancy Deposit schemesAs TDS no longer require special clauses in tenancy agreements, our tenancy agreements can now be used for landlords using any of the three schemes..
Type A v. Type B tenancies - points to consider
If you want to let to sharers, you may not be sure which of these two types of tenancy agreement is best for you. To help, here is a little table with a summary of some of the main points to consider :
|Type A||Type B|
|Council tax||The tenants will normally be liable||The landlord is responsible (although you can pass the cost on to your tenants)|
|Rent arrears||All the tenants are jointly and severally liable for all the rent||Each tenant is only responsible for his own rent|
|Term||More suitable for tenants who are all going to stay the same length of time (eg a group of students)||More suitable for tenants who are going to come and go at different times|
|Paperwork||Less paperwork as they all sign the one agreement||More paperwork as they all have their own individual agreement|
|Management time||Generally less||Generally more as you have to deal with more frequent changes of tenant|
|Rent amount||Some landlords are able to get more rent where individual tenants pay separately for rent|
|HMO implications||None, whether a property is classed as an HMO or not, is not affected by the type of tenancy agreement used. Note though that for HMO properties landlords are usually responsible for paying Council Tax.|
Tenancy agreement variations
As well as the standard Type A, Type B etc, we also offer the following variations:
- Monthly/weekly rent - we have separate forms of agreement for each
- Guarantee clauses - useful if you are not sure whether your tenant will be able to afford the rent
- Landlord pays the bills - some landlords prefer to pay utility and other bills for tenants - this variation provides for this, has a schedule where you can list the bills you will be paying, and also provides for the bills element of the rent to be increased if tenants run up excessive bills
- Pets allowed - most landlords forbid pets, but pet owners can make very good tenants. We have a special agreement which provides for this. For more information, see our article >> letting to tenants with pets
Variable payment clauses
In all our agreements, we have a standard clause providing for payment by standing order, but our document generation software allows you to change this.
You can either use your own wording, or one of our pre drafted payment clauses which you will find in the payment clauses page also linked above.
Our tenancy agreements are fairly comprehensive but it is impossible to cover all situations. There may be something particular you want to include which is not there, or you may want to change one of our existing clauses.
All our tenancy agreements have a special section where you can add extra clauses. These can be completely new items (such as arrangements for a gardener to have access) or you can vary one of our standard clauses (for example if you want to have a break clause).
We have a selection of pre drafted clauses which you can use in our extra clauses page also linked above. If the clause you want is not there,ask about it on the forum. In most cases we will draft this up for you and add it to the extra clauses page so others can use it too.
Our guidance page gives help in using our document generator software, plus each tenancy type has its own guidance page where the tenancy is discussed and common questions about individual clauses are answered. Please read these first before asking questions.
We also have a lot of general help and guidance in our FAQ and articles which you can see via the landlord members index page. We can also usually give help in the forum, plus you will be able to discuss matters with other landlords and members.
Please now proceed to the relevant download page to create your tenancy agreement. Or