Your contract is legally binding so before you sign it make sure you’re completely happy with the property.
Ask yourself a few important questions:
If you have any doubt, seek advice before signing the agreement. Even if you feel under pressure to sign for the property, remember that Liverpool has a surplus of good quality student accommodation so you can take your time to ensure you find the right one for you.
Our Advice Service can check your contract for any unfair terms and conditions before you sign it. Good landlords will allow you to have at least 24 hours to read through the contract before you sign. If you would like an Advisor to check your contract, please email a copy to email@example.com (9am-5pm) and we’ll endeavour to check it and get it back to you as soon as possible.
Before you sign a tenancy agreement, you should also check the following basic details are clearly shown:
You need to ensure that you know what type of tenancy agreement you will be signing as this can have different implications on your rights as a tenant. In most cases, if your contract is from 6 months to 3 years in length you will have an Assured Shorthold tenancy (AST). If your contract runs on a week-by-week or month-by-month basis, you will likely have a Fixed-term Periodic tenancy agreement.
You also need to clarify whether your tenancy agreement is joint or individual as this will also affect your rights (see below).
If you and your housemates are all listed on one tenancy agreement with a landlord, that means you have a joint tenancy.
If each of you signed a separate agreement with the landlord, then you will have individual tenancies.
We can help – contact our Advice team by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or find out when our drop-in times are by visiting or calling the Guild Reception on 0151 794 6868.
We provide links to sites we think will provide useful information for you. If you spot any errors, broken links or omissions please let us know by emailing us at email@example.com