We've created a tenancy agreement template, that fairly documents the requirements and obligation of both the tenant and the private landlord.
Landlords and tenants are free to use their own tenancy agreements if they prefer, but our version has the advantage that it has been impartially constructed and can be signed electronically. And it allows some customisation if needed.
Our online dashboard will also help private landlords make sure they issue the right documentation alongside the tenancy agreement, including the prescribed information and the documents needed to show that the tenancy deposit has been registered with a recognised tenancy deposit scheme.
It is essential that the tenancy deposit is registered with a recognised scheme before the tenancy begins. The penalties for not doing so are severe – up to 3 times the value of the deposit.
Landlords also need to make sure that they carry out "right to rent" checks, which verify that a tenant has the legal right to live in the UK.
To do this, private landlords need to check and make a copy of an original copy of the passport or permanent residence card. Unlike many of the steps in the rental process, the right-to-rent checks must be carried out face to face with all prospective occupiers.
Once your landlord is happy with your referencing checks, you'll need to pay your holding deposit. Find out more about renting from a private landlord.
You can view our template tenancy agreement here.