Wading through a long, difficult to read contract isn't very appealing - but this is really important - even more so if you are going to be sharing.
A professional landlord or agency should not pressurise you into signing a tenancy contract but allow you time to read it and seek advice on anything you need to clarify. Try to seek out an agent or landlord that is a member of a professional body.
Equally don't pressurise other tenants into making a decision.
Don’t be mistaken that only signing the tenancy contract makes you legally liable. Accepting the offer of the tenancy and paying a holding fee is enough to enter into a verbal agreement and commitment to the tenancy. See our section on Fees for more information on this.
We are often asked if a tenancy contract is 'safe to sign'. All contracts carry obligations on both parties and if these are breached or interpreted differently this can lead to disputes.
Whether you wish to commit to it after viewing and want to suspend the advertising by payment of a holding fee or not, it is advisable to check out anything in the contractual terms that you are unsure about or don’t understand.
So contact us for a Tenancy Contract Review
Why have a tenancy contract review?
- It helps to know what your rights are and what you are obliged to do. Advisers can help you understand the terms of the contract but also highlight to your some of your statutory rights and obligations.
- If you are not familiar with renting you would not necessarily recognise something in the contract as being unfair or illegal, an adviser can point these out.
- Sharing a property can also have additional implications for you and your guarantors.
- By not looking at or understanding your contract you could be taken advantage of or sign something that is not appropriate for you.
- Many students are asked to provide a UK based guarantor who will guarantee their obligations should they fail to do so as a tenant. It is also in the interest of the guarantor to understand the tenancy contract.
- To get the most out of the contract check, make sure you read the contract carefully yourself first and note down any questions.
Tenancy contract reviews are available from the Student Advice Centre by appointment only. We request copies are sent in at least 48 hours in advance to allow the Adviser time to read the paperwork beforehand. Some contracts can be up to 30 pages long.
The person that makes the appointment is the only person who can receive the appointment.
Tenancy contract reviews work best as a face to face discussion. We can offer telephone or skype appointments where you will be sent an annotated version of the tenancy agreement for us to discuss at the appointment.
We cannot offer contract reviews by email