Oral Tenancy Agreement

Any verbal or oral agreement made between a Tenant and a landlord, by all the terms mentioned in the Tenancy Agreement, is referred to as an oral tenancy agreement.

The main aspects of this type of agreement are discussed in great detail by all the parties involved, primarily the Tenant and the landlord. It doesn’t matter if the tenancy agreement is discussed orally or if they are mentioned in writing; the following conditions are included in this type of contract.

  • Property Details: This part contains all the details about the address of the property that is being rented out.
  • Term: This part is used to specify the starting and ending date of the tenancy period, also known as “fixed term.”
  • Rent: This is the rent to be paid by the Tenant to the landlord. This may also contain the method and the exact date of payment of rent.
  • Deposit: This part contains the total amount of the deposit and what things this deposit will cover.
  • Deposit Scheme: This consists of a Tenancy Deposit Scheme in which the deposit is usually secured.
  • Landlord’s Obligations: This usually contains the responsibilities and duties of the Landowners.
  • Tenant’s Obligations: This usually contains the responsibilities and duties of the Tenant towards his landlord and property.
  • Other Special Provisions: This part usually contains other special provisions agreed upon between the Tenant and landlord, for instance, pets, sub-letting, smoking, etc.

Oral/Verbal Tenancy Agreements are legal. However, they are only sometimes recommended because there is no way of knowing and proving anything during the dispute. For instance, if a dispute arises between the Tenant and the landlord about the amount of money in rent, it can become quite challenging to make a ruling about who is right or wrong with a written document.

There can also be legitimate issues where the landlord or tenants don’t remember the agreed terms and conditions. The problems that usually occur with verbal or oral agreements are not always serious but can still cause significant complications. Therefore, it is always recommended to have a written tenancy agreement to avoid all these problems.

As with assured shorthold tenancy, proper statutory rights are given to tenants and landlords; it doesn’t matter if the agreement is written or oral. All these rights are mentioned in the Housing Act 1988Housing Act 1996, and Housing Act 2004.


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