You have to stick to the terms in your most recent tenancy agreement until you sign a new one. But, not all tenants get a written contract.
You still have some basic rights even if you do not have a written tenancy agreement.
Length of your tenancy
The law says your tenancy will last for six months if you've never had a written agreement. Your landlord needs a good reason to evict you during these first six months. Get advice if your landlord says you have to move out.
You and the landlord can agree on a shorter or longer tenancy.
The law explains who is responsible for repairs when there is no tenancy agreement.
Your landlord is responsible for repairs to:
- the structure and exterior of the property including drains, gutters, pipes and paintwork
- the interior of the property
- heating, gas and electricity systems
- plumbing systems
- any appliances they provided
- any fixtures or furniture provided.
The landlord does not have to repair things if you damaged them.
You are responsible for
- repairs to anything you have damaged
- reporting any problems to the landlord as soon as possible
- general maintenance, like changing fuses and lightbulbs
- keeping the interior in good condition
- getting written permission before making any changes to the property.
Your other tenant rights
You have certain other rights, including the right to