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Periodic or Fixed-Term Tenancy

Tenants may choose between a periodic or fixed term tenancy.

A periodic tenancy is one that continues until either the tenant or the landlord gives written notice to end it.

A fixed-term tenancy only lasts for a set amount of time – for example, one year. The amount of time must be written on the tenancy agreement. The landlord or tenant can’t give notice to end a fixed-term tenancy early, so they both need to be very sure they want a fixed-term before they sign the tenancy agreement. Tenants should also think carefully about who they choose to live with when signing a fixed-term tenancy agreement with other tenants. If they fall out with one of the other tenants, they may not be able to get out of the tenancy.


Tenant's Responsibilities

Tenant has duties and responsibilities as well.

Tenants responsibilities:

  • keep the premises reasonably clean and tidy
  • notify the landlord as soon as any repairs are needed
  • use the premises principally for residential purposes
  • pay for outgoings they actually consume or use, such as: electricity, gas, telephone charges and metered water
  • notify the landlord as soon as possible if any damage occurs
  • leave the property clean and tidy, and clear of rubbish and possessions at the end of the tenancy
  • at the end of the tenancy, leave all keys and such things with the landlord. Leave all chattels supplied with the tenancy

Tenants must not:

  • withhold rent if the landlord cannot get repairs done
  • damage or permit damage to the premises
  • disturb the neighbours or the landlord’s other tenants
  • alter or attach anything to the premises without the landlord’s written consent
  • use the property for any unlawful purpose
  • exceed the maximum number of occupants as stated in the tenancy agreement

What the tenant must pay

The tenant must pay the costs of living in the house. These are things like:

  • electricity and gas, including refilling gas bottles (see below)
  • telephone and internet
  • water charges, if the water supplier charges on how much is used.

Here’s an easy way to work out what costs the tenant has to pay for: if the costs are charged only as a result of living in the house, then the tenant has to pay for them. For example, because the telephone company only charges when someone’s living in the house and has the phone connected, the tenant has to pay this cost.

The tenant doesn’t have to pay for any costs that the landlord has agreed in writing to pay.