Can I alter or negotiate a UK tenancy agreement before I sign?
April 28, 2014 2:11 PM Subscribe
I'd like to negotiate my tenancy agreement with the letting agency (representing a private landlord) before I sign. Can I do this? We've already paid the deposit, the only thing left is to sign and get the keys.
posted by Vrai to Law & Government (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So it's a pretty standard tenancy agreement, things like no pets without permission and no allowing anyone to smoke in the flat. However, there are a few changes I'd like to make before I sign it. For example:
-The agreement states no noise after 10PM. I find that ridiculous, and would be more accepting if it said "excessive noise". That may be very specific, but I think the current wording is ripe for abuse.
-The agreement specifies no lodgers or overnight guests without written permission from the private landlord. This is also ridiculous. I understand the connotations of 'lodger', but letting someone stay in my flat overnight or letting a friend from overseas stay for a week should be left to my discretion. I would be fine with keeping 'lodgers' in the agreement terms and deleting the part about guests.
-"The tenant agrees not to hang anything on the walls without prior permission." I realise this is generic, but I just want to know if it's possible to cross it out fully. (Especially considering the agreement already states that the flat and contents must be free from damage upon termination of the lease.) Or, better yet, if I can have the agreement state that I can hang as much as I want, without seeking permission, but with the promise to repair/return the walls to their initial condition.
Do I have any room to make changes with a UK tenancy agreement? I know sometimes contracts can be amended, but I'd like to know what my rights are.
Is there's a chance that they may withdraw the flat entirely if I ask?