The latest room let agreement template for 2020 is now available for download. If you are a BLA member and require free advice on any agreement template, please use the free member advice helpline number.
All members can download most documents free of charge from the document page.
The amendments to our room let template are due to the recent new legislation. When creating the template, our lawyers have taken into consideration the Deregulation Act 2015 and also incorporated the Tenant Fees Act 2019 clauses.
What is an Assured shorthold tenancy?
It is a legal contract between a landlord and their tenants, which sets out the legal terms and conditions of the agreement.
Most tenancies will automatically be an assured shorthold tenancy. They will likely be this type of tenancy if:
- The tenant is a private tenant.
- The tenancy began on or after the 15th of January 1989 (provided tenancy was in writing, and a section 20 notice was served).
- Or the tenancy started after the 28th of February 1997
- The property is your tenant’s primary residence
- You don’t live in the property
A rental agreement cannot be an AST if:
- It started before the 15th of January 1989
- The rent is more than £100,000 a year
- The rent is lower than £250 a year.
- The building you are renting is a commercial building.
- It is a holiday let
Why do I need a tenancy?
Even if you don’t have a written contract with your tenant, an agreement will still be in place. Under s54(2) of the Law of Property Act 1925, a tenancy will exist as soon as a tenant starts paying rent.
A written agreement allows you to add specific conditions, such as how and when you will review the rent. You can also add further specific clauses, under what circumstances you may withhold all or part of your tenant’s deposit.
Without a written agreement, you may not be able to prove easily, how much rent the tenant owes you. This may cause you problems.
What to include in a room let agreement template
There are some things that you can edit, in the room let agreement:
- The names of the tenants.
- How much the rent will be
- How often the rent will be paid
- How much the deposit will be
- Reasons you may withhold all or part of the deposit
- The address of the property
- The start date and length of the tenancy
- The tenants’ responsibilities, such as paying council tax and maintaining the property.
Other covenants and requirements you may want to consider:
- Whether the property can be sublet
- Whether the tenancy can be ended early and how this can be done.
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Author: Marc Attwater
Date: 24th of March 2020