What’re the Key Points of a Tenancy Agreement?

A tenancy agreement plays a key role in all tenancies between landlords and tenants. It’s a contract that details the conditions, policies and terms of the tenancy. How long the tenancy is, what the tenant can do, the landlord’s responsibilities and more.

But what exactly are the key points of a tenancy agreement? Besides the general details of the property, landlord and tenant?

1. Rental value and deadline

One of the most important things that your tenancy agreement should cover! 🙂 So just in case if misunderstandings or conflicts occur, your tenancy agreement will serve as proof and reference~

In this part, the contract should tell you when the amount is due, agreement that the tenancy is broken when the tenancy is terminated early and the conditions for moving in.

2. Length of the tenancy

The agreement should specify how long the tenancy is including when it begins and expires.

3. Tenant’s obligations

The obligations and responsibilities of the tenant such as:

These are but some of the tenant obligations or responsibilities of the tenant that a tenancy agreement generally has.

4. Landlord’s obligations

For the landlord, the tenancy agreement should specify or touch upon his/her obligations such as:

5. The conditions for early termination

A common issue for landlords is when tenants suddenly have to leave. Or when issues rise and tenants have to terminate their tenancy early.

The tenancy agreement should specify what to do when the tenant or landlord has to terminate the tenancy early. And also, what conditions must be fulfilled for the early termination to happen.

For example, the tenant having to pay at least two months’ of utility bills and clear all their stuff before moving out.

6. Termination of tenancy

Here, it should split into two sections. The conditions for terminating the tenancy agreement as a landlord, and also as a tenant. It should explain what they need to do at the end.

For example:

Forfeiture of Tenancy by Landlord

  1. Breach: the tenant has breached their obligation as per Agreement, and in the case that the breach cannot be remedied or not remedied within a reasonable time
  2. Insolvency or bankruptcy: the tenant has become bankrupt or unable to pay their debts

7. Renewal of tenancy agreement

The tenancy agreement should also state what needs to take place for the renewal of the tenancy agreement. For example, the tenant has to notify the landlord a month in advance about the renewal for the landlord to draw up another tenancy agreement.

8. Eviction

Landlords can’t just simply evict tenants. Eviction requires evidence or legal grounds to do so, otherwise, if brought to court, can’t hold up. Reasons for eviction include tenant repeatedly not paying rent, the violation of the agreement and more.

All evidence should be documented and collected for sufficient proof. Keep in mind that eviction takes some time, and will take some money as well. Eviction is basically the last thing you want to do, so make sure you’ve tried talking with your tenant and stuff before you do so.


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