Points to consider before renting: with all social housing owners (Housing Executive and Housing Associations), there is an agreement that tenants of social housing who have difficulty paying rent during the covid 19 pandemic are not distributed. You can find more information on the Department for Communities website A lease is a contract between you and your tenant. It can be written or oral. If you rent a property to a group, you can conclude an individual agreement with any tenant. This can make things easier if a tenant breaks the lease and allows you to have the lease taken over by a new tenant without compromising your agreements with other tenants. If you are a private landlord, your lawyer will likely recommend using a secure shorthold rental agreement. While the official tenant remains in the property, the other residents share the fundamental rights conferred by law on the tenant as well as the rights set out in the rental agreement. However, if that tenant leaves, the remaining residents only have the rights granted to the licensees. If the official tenant is gone and you want to regain the freedom of ownership, you will only have to give the remaining residents “reasonable packing time by notification”. You don`t need a court order to remove these people from your property, but if they refuse to leave, you should seek legal advice before trying to dislodge them.
You don`t need to use a written agreement, but it`s a good idea to have one. This will help your tenant later dispute the terms of the agreement. Your lease may give you additional rights, z.B. the right to prematurely terminate the rental, a right to sublet, the reception of a subtenant or a pet, but it can not infringe your fundamental legal rights. Leases must comply with the Consumer Rights Act 2015, if issued after 1 October 2015, and the unfair terms in consumer Contracts Regulations 1999 if they were issued before that date. Trading standards are responsible for dealing with complaints about unfair contracts, including leases, in Northern Ireland. . .