The lease must be signed by all tenants and your landlord. If there are common tenants, each tenant should receive a copy of the agreement. If you are disabled, your landlord may be obliged to change the lease if the length of the contract means that you are in a worse situation than that of someone without your disability. Landlords not only ask a tenant to sign a rental agreement, but they also have the legal right to require a deposit before renting a property to a tenant. The security deposit ensures the security of the lessor, but must be returned to the tenant at the end of the lease, provided the conditions set out in the tenancy agreement are met. Landlords are now legally required to deposit the deposit in one of the three state-guaranteed rental deposit systems. It is more difficult to prove what has been agreed if not written. This is because often there is no evidence of what has been agreed or that a particular problem that has not been covered by the agreement may have occurred. Perhaps you can also prove what was agreed in another way, for example with emails or text messages. Your rental agreement can only include a fee for certain things if you: In England and Wales, for information on the rights and obligations of tenants and social housing owners, consult our advice on renting a social landlord. You will find information on the rights and obligations of private tenants and landlords in our advice on renting by a private landlord. A rental agreement can usually only be changed if she and your landlord agree. If you agree to both, the change must be recorded in writing, either by the establishment of a new written document specifying the terms of the lease agreement, or by amending the existing written lease.
Your agreement might say that you have a certain type of lease – but the type of rent you actually have might be different. A rental agreement exists even if there is only an oral agreement between you and your landlord. For example, at the beginning of the lease, you and your landlord agreed on the amount of rent and when it would be payable, whether it contains fuel, or if your landlord can decide who else may reside in the unit. In England and Wales, most tenants are not entitled to a written lease. However, social housing tenants, such as municipalities and housing companies, generally receive a written tenancy agreement. If you are visually impaired, the rental agreement must be written in a format that you can use, for example in large print or braille.