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Standard rental contracts are designed to protect your interests as well as those of the landlord. The owner normally provides the contract, it is important that you completely understand its implications.

Areas to look at include:

  • Contract Duration: Usually most leases last for 12 months, during that time the owner cannot increase the rent. It is also essential to appreciate the notice periods that either you or the landlord have to give in order to terminate the agreement.
  • Responsibility for household bills: Some principal services will be considered in the rent as water service, while others you may be responsible for paying yourself as gasand electricity services.
  • Forfeiture: If you do not fulfill the contract you can be evicted from your accommodation. Be sure you understand the dos and doníts of the contract.
  • Deposit: Usually the owner of the apartment will ask for a deposit (particularly one month's rent). The deposit is utilized to cover any damages you may cause, along with any outstanding debts you may owe at the end of your tenancy.
It is often advisable to request the owner to check the property, draw up an inventory with you on the first day of your tenancy and take some pictures. This decreases the possibility of being charged for damages not caused by you.

Note: If you are unsure about the terms of your agreement then it is highly advisable to ask for legal assistance. One of the best free sources is the Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB).




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