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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Tenancy agreements

Your landlord does not have to give you a tenancy agreement. But, it's a good idea to have one of these. It means both you and the landlord know your rights and responsibilities. A tenancy agreement is a legal contract. It is very difficult to get out of a tenancy agreement before its end date.

Tenancy agreements are a legal contract. Make sure you read the agreement before you sign it. Here are some issues your tenancy agreement should deal with.

Any term in a tenancy agreement has to be fair. 

An unfair term is not enforceable. This means you do not have to stick to it and the landlord cannot use it to take legal action against you. 

Make sure to read your tenancy agreement. Only sign it if you understand all the terms and you are happy to agree with these. You can ask to change the terms in the contract if you don't agree with them. Don't sign the contract until you are happy with it.

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. 

A tenancy agreement is a legal contract. It's very hard to get out of a tenancy agreement early. It's best to negotiate with your landlord to see if they will let you leave early. 

You might need a guarantor for your tenancy. This is someone who promises to pay the rent, or pay for any damage, if you do not. 

What is a guarantor?

A guarantor is someone who promises to pay anything you owe the landlord. This can include