DepositGuard compliant Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement - Room Only

When should this tenancy agreement be used?

This is for use where a non resident landlord rents out an individual room to a tenant e.g. in a shared house or a bedsit and where the landlord is using DepositGuard to protect the deposit.

If not using DepositGuard please use the RLA standard Room Only Agreement.

The accommodation will be non self contained so that the tenant will share facilities (e.g. a bathroom or kitchen) with other tenants in the same house/building. The tenancy is an assured shorthold tenancy governed by the Housing Act 1988. Any deposit paid must be protected under one of the Government approved tenancy deposit schemes.

You can use the Section 21 procedure to obtain possession. In the event of tenancy arrears or other tenancy breach you will need to serve a section 8 notice (e.g. relying Ground 8 for rent arrears).

What type of tenancy does this create?

The tenancy is an assured shorthold tenancy governed by the Housing Act 1988.

Do I need to protect the deposit?

Any deposit paid must be protected under one of the Government approved tenancy deposit schemes. This includes DepositGuard the RLA's tenancy deposit scheme operated by The Dispute Service (TDS).

How do I end this tenancy?

You can use the Section 21 procedure to obtain possession. In the event of tenancy arrears or other tenancy breach you will need to serve a Section 8 notice (e.g. relying Ground 8 for rent arrears).

Do you use guarantors?

To avoid potentially successful unfair terms challenges, the RLA recommends that a new guarantor form should be provided to the guarantor for their signature prior to every new tenancy. This includes renewing an existing tenancy (or when you expressly agree to extend a tenancy).

For more information on guarantor obligations and cancellation rights please see the explanatory guide attached to the RLA guarantor forms here.

Confused?

Is this the correct Tenancy Agreement for you? Read the RLA Guide to Tenancy Agreements.

RLA Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement - Room Only

  • *NEW* Save the Assured Shorthold Tenancy - Room Only - Enabling you to store the agreement on your computer.
  • DepositGuard Compliant - Authorised for use with the TDS deposit scheme if you protect your deposits via DepositGuard.
  • Complete On-Screen - Meaning you no longer have to hand-write the agreement out.
  • Easy to Understand - The agreement is in plain English, meaning there is no jargon, gobbledygook and other confusing language.
  • Constantly Developed - As soon as Housing Law is changed, our agreement is updated by the RLA. Use in confidence that you will not fall foul of legislation.
  • FREE Telephone Support - On any aspect of the Tenancy is available to RLA members.
  • Completion Instructions - Are available to assist you in completing the tenancy agreement.
WARNING - If there is any uncertainty as to whether the prospective tenant is aged 18 or over you must check. Obtain a copy of their birth certificate/other proof of age. If you let someone under 18 use this agreement it could be much more difficult to obtain possession (e.g. due to rent arrears or because the tenancy has run out, whilst they remain under the age of 18).

What's new in the 2017 tenancies?

In light of the decision in Broadley v Leeds City Council, the RLA has decided to move back to using contractual periodic tenancies instead of statutory periodic tenancies. This amendment means that whenever you give this tenancy for 6 months or more, the tenant will be liable for council tax until the tenant's valid notice expires. Previously, if a tenant left without giving notice or before their notice expired, then the landlord became liable from the moment they left.

In addition, the clause relating to the storage of the tenant's belongings after the tenancy ends has been updated. Now the landlord can dispose of the goods after 14 days provided they have followed the procedure set out in the tenancy clause. Previously this could entail waiting up to 3 months to dispose of the goods.

Members in Wales should be aware that this means that they will need to serve a notice under section 21(4) of the Housing Act 1988 to evict a tenant in a periodic tenancy rather than under section 21(1) of the Act.

Members in England and Wales should contact the Landlord Advice Team directly on 03330 142 998, before signing the agreement, if they intend to take all of the rent for the entire tenancy in one payment.

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