Tenancy Agreement

What should be in a tenancy agreement?

What should be included in a tenancy agreement?

Firstly and most importantly the agreement must be in writing. However if the landlord has failed to provide this for the tenant, the Residential Tenancies Act still applies and both landlord and tenant still need to fulfill their obligations. Both parties should ensure they read and understand the tenancy agreement so that they are aware of what they are liable for.

All tenancy agreements must have the following information at the bare minimum:

  • Full names and contact addresses of the landlord and tenant (email and phone number)
  • The address of the property which will be tenanted
  • The date the agreement is signed, and the date that the tenant will be moving into the property
  • Confirmation of the tenant being over 18 years of age
  • The initial bond paid, the rent amount, and agreement on frequency and days of payment
  • Where the rent is to be paid to (bank account number)
  • Any extra fees to be paid (letting agent)
  • The landlord is to provide a list of chattels
  • The type of tenancy agreement and end date
  • The type of insulation in the property

Notes:

  • If there is a change in contact details from either the landlord or tenant, the other must be informed within 10 working days.
  • Extra conditions can be added to the contract as long as they aren’t a breach of the law. These could be things such as, no smoking in the house, a limit on the amount of people living in the property, non-parking areas, allowance of pets, and meth testing.