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    Online Tenancy agreement

    Hi,

    I recently rented out my first apartment to a friend, although a friend I’m worried. Foolishly I didn’t make a tenancy agreement. I wonder if someone could give me a steer on a basic, simple tenancy agreement online, and what is the best way to confirm council tax etc is being paid and not in arrears.

    thanks for any help and advice

    bear

    #2
    Take a look at this one below. It's free. Phone the council or email them and ask if CT is being paid. Explain the situation. We don't recommend renting to friends and relatives on this site. Hope he/she signs the agreement.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/public...ssured-tenancy




    Freedom at the point of zero............

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      #3
      Originally posted by Interlaken View Post
      Take a look at this one below. It's free. Phone the council or email them and ask if CT is being paid. Explain the situation. We don't recommend renting to friends and relatives on this site. Hope he/she signs the agreement.

      https://www.gov.uk/government/public...ssured-tenancy
      I really like that model tenancy, it's worded far better than a lot I've seen from letting agents...

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        #4
        Yeah it's something they actually got just about right!



        Freedom at the point of zero............

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          #5
          Have a look at the Openrent one, it's free to download and you change anything that doesn't suit.

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            #6
            You're in a real tricky situation as the tenant doesn;t have to agree to any changes or any new tenancy agreement. Verbal is entirely legal & OK, tenant needs do nothing.

            But without AST & all all the other paperwork (right 2 rent, EPC, GSC etc etc etc ) you probably can't evict him using s21.

            Suggest you read this lot....
            https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com...and-tenants/p1

            - follow various landlord forums so you learn
            - do NRLA courses on how to be a landlord
            - get ALL paperwork prepared using NRLA stuff, he just might sign!

            If he won;t sign you could try offering a reduced rental..

            But, many new landlord make mistakes. I did, expensive, painful, long-drawn out mistakes due only to my stupidity & hubris when I started.

            Resolved to learn: Still learning: Still making mistakes.
            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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              #7
              Never transact business with a friend, unless that friendship arose from that business.
              Never transact business when you don't know what you're doing.
              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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                #8
                Your friend has an undocumented tenancy at the moment. It will be periodic with no initial fixed term. You will therefore be legally liable for the Council tax unless you can persuade him to sign up to at least a 6 month term. What about the utilities? Have you informed the providers of his details?

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by DPT57 View Post
                  You will therefore be legally liable for the Council tax unless you can persuade him to sign up to at least a 6 month term.
                  No.

                  Whilst the tenant is living there they are responsible for council tax.

                  LL only becomes liable when the tenant moves out.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by newtenant9011 View Post

                    I really like that model tenancy, it's worded far better than a lot I've seen from letting agents...
                    You don't think it's skewed heavily in tenant's direction?

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by royw View Post
                      Have a look at the Openrent one, it's free to download and you change anything that doesn't suit.
                      Can you share a link? I don't see a free editable one on their website. https://www.openrent.co.uk/tenancy-agreement

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Delectable1 View Post

                        You don't think it's skewed heavily in tenant's direction?
                        Not really, I think it strikes a reasonable balance. It also provides clear guidance notes so if you don't like something you can remove it (with legal advice). It's the tenants home after all.

                        I guess to turn it on its head, what do you see in it that places an unfair burden on landlords / overly favours tenants?

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by MdeB View Post
                          No.

                          Whilst the tenant is living there they are responsible for council tax.

                          LL only becomes liable when the tenant moves out.
                          A tenant needs a lease of six months or more to be liable for council tax.

                          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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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Delectable1 View Post

                            Can you share a link? I don't see a free editable one on their website. https://www.openrent.co.uk/tenancy-agreement
                            I think you have to log in. When I followed your link there wasn't an option to download it, after I'd logged in there was. The address for it is the same as your link.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by MdeB View Post

                              No.

                              Whilst the tenant is living there they are responsible for council tax.

                              LL only becomes liable when the tenant moves out.
                              Yes thats correct if they have a right to sole occupation of the whole property, which in this case would require the other tenant to surrender/serve notice, and the OP to sign a licence or tenancy agreement of any length. Thanks for the correction.

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