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  • What type of contract is offered?
  • The contract provided is a standard assured short-hold tenancy contract within the framework of the Housing Act 1988 as amended by the Housing Act 1996. For a more detailed look at the standard terms download the sample pdf template contract.

  • What is the normal duration of contract?
  • On negotiating the initial term of stay in the property the standard, is as a rule, a contract duration of minimum one year. Subsequent extensions to this initial term may be less than that but for the London houses extensions are normally only granted in further one year terms to synchronise with the South East of England rental cycle (July-September).

  • Are break clauses provided in the contract?
  • During the initial year this is not offered. Contracts may however be drafted on a two year duration with a break after one year. This eliminates the need to draft and sign a new contract should tenants wish to stay on for a further term.

  • What type of deposit is normally requested?
  • Six weeks rent is requested as standard and must be fully paid prior to the specified moving in date. All deposits are protected by the Government backed Tenancy Deposit Scheme. It must be noted however that the landlord as a rule holds this deposit directly not in the central TDS fund as there is no legal requirement to do so.

  • What if one or more of the occupants wishes to be released from contract early?
  • It is recognised that personal circumstances can change, particularly as a result of changes in work position and new job offers. In shared occupancy properties the landlord may grant the right for an individual tenant to be released from the contract but only if there is full continuity of payment of rent and a suitably referenced new tenant is found. There may also be deposit deductions associated with the cost of change of tenancy also, for example compensation for estate agent commission fees paid.

  • When are the tenants held responsible for costs related to damage to the property or for repairs?
  • The landlord is fully responsible for the full upkeep of the internal and external parts of the property, including all heating, plumbing and electrical goods pertaining to the property. However should a tenant recklessly or wilfully cause damage to the property or it's possessions then appropriate deductions will be made from the deposit. Also should a tenant or group of tenants fail to promptly notify the landlord of a problem relating to the property that needs rectified, the tenant may be held responsible for any secondary damage caused to the property that could have been avoided had a more prompt notification been made, for example water damage caused by a leaking pipe.

  • What references are normally required?
  • As standard, a personal reference, previous landlord reference and work reference are requested. Should the landlord deem there is a reasonable doubt about the tenant's ability to meet the rent payments, details of current gross salary may be requested. This may in turn lead to the necessity of a third party “guarantor” signing the contract as insurance that rent payments will be met.

  • If I wish to secure the rental of a property with a view to signing a contract how do I do this?
  • As standard, a personal reference, previous landlord reference and work reference are requested. Should the landlord deem there is a reasonable doubt about the tenant's ability to meet the rent payments, details of current gross salary may be requested. This may in turn lead to the necessity of a third party “guarantor” signing the contract as insurance that rent payments will be met.

  • Will my deposit be protected?
  • Yes under one of the government backed tenancy deposit schemes (TDS) though it must be noted that at all times the landlord will hold the deposit for the duration of the tenancy, the scheme does not cover initial “holding” deposits to secure a property.