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Contract of tenancy in Edinburgh

By Calum Rendall Subscribe to RSS | March 16th 2012 | Views:

It is better for landlord and tenant to make a written agreement regarding to the property because a written agreement would be considered legally binding. This written agreement is to be called a tenancy agreement. There are different types of tenancies in Edinburgh. Mostly they are in the form of an Assured shorthold Tenancy, which is for a minimum of six months. This is a flexible type of tenancy and minimum period can sometimes be longer, it totally depends on the arrangement between both the parties.

There can be two types of tenancy agreement between the parties; it can be either oral or written. According to general rule a written agreement is always better than the oral agreement as an oral one can lead to misunderstandings. The tenancy agreement contains all the rights, responsibilities and duties of landlord and tenant. It is better for both the parties to put this agreement in writing.

Details of the tenancy agreement

Across the UK, tenant’s rights to written assured shorthold tenancy differ. In Scotland, Edinburgh however, the landlord has to provide the tenant with a written tenancy agreement. There are many things which lay down in this agreement like name of the landlord and the tenant, duration of the tenancy ,address of the property, the notice period, amount of the deposit and details of what it covers and when the tenant will be able to get it back. The agreement also includes the rent, method of payment, when it will be due, any advance and if utilities and the council tax will be included in it. Types of tenancy and there details are also include in this agreement of tenancy. If it is an open ended tenancy then the agreement will carry all details of when and how the rent will be increased. Furthermore, the tenancy agreement will also consist of the obligations, rights and responsibilities of the landlord and the tenant.

The tenancy agreement will also contain all important aspects regarding to the maintenance and repair of the property, where the landlord’s responsibility to maintain the property will end and the tenant’s will begin. There may be a clause in the agreement relating to pet and animals which will either permit animals or lay down a restriction on it. If animals are permitted, then the agreement will explain the house rules regarding to them. This will mostly include, care of the furniture during the tenants stay and making sure that everything will be in the same condition when they leave. There would be an inventory in the agreement relating to all furniture and goods which are coming with the property and will outline the way in which expenses for damage to any of these items will be covered.

Calum Rendall - About Author:
Calum Rendall is a marketing officer for Greenlet, property lettings website in Edinburgh. If you want more information on edinburgh flats to rent, please visit property to rent in edinburgh.

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