Tenancy agreement only on the day of signing it?

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    Tenancy agreement only on the day of signing it?

    Hi everyone,
    I'm in the process of moving houses and already paid the deposit, passed the reference check etc. The contract signing will be next week but I wanted to review it before that but the letting agent said it's only possible maximum 24 hours before signing.
    Honestly it makes me feel uneasy, all the previous places I've lived before let me read the draft tenancy agreement in advance so I wouldn't need to hurry with the 20+ pages documents.
    Is it normal? Or is it the so called new normal?
    Thank you!

    #2
    A draft contract should be available anytime without dates and names etc and it would bother me too.
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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      #3
      Sometimes agreements have wording such as "this is a contract take legal advice if unsure". If this one does (and I know you don't know yet!) how could you possibly do so? I would insist.
      Unshackled by the chains of idle vanity, A modest manatee, that's me

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        #4
        The LA (LL) probably doesn't want to be caught out if an existing tenant fails to move out or the property burns down; hence waiting until move in day to sign.

        HOWEVER, there is no reason why a blank contract cannot be produced now - but you'd still need to use that and go through line by line in case anything has been added/removed from the one you're signing.
        My views are my own - you may not agree with them. I tend say things as I see them and I don't do "political correctness". Just because we may not agree you can still buy me a pint lol

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          #5
          As above , a draft (eg without names or address or rent amount) should be available. Sounds like lettings agent is a twit of a kn*b.

          But in England to be a lettings agent requires no training, no qualifications, no criminal records check. The office could (legally) be completely staffed with ex-prisoners from Brixton jail with no knowledge of lettings and on early release from sentences for GBH & fraud.

          No, really.
          I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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            #6
            Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
            Sounds like lettings agent is a twit of a kn*b.
            Agree.

            First off, ask for an explanation as to why it should not be possible to review the tenancy agreement more than 24 hours in advance. This is an entirely reasonable and sensible request.
            There is a fine line between irony and stupidity. If I say something absurd please assume that I am being facetious.

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