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Information and forms to help make renting work for you from the start.

Residential tenancy agreement

What sort of publication it is: Form
Who it's for: Landlords and tenants
What it contains: This form is for landlords and tenants to fill in together before the tenant moves in. It sets out the key things the landlord and tenant agree to do, like when rent is paid, if pets are allowed etc.
How to get it: Download it

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All about tenancy bonds

Tenancy information sheet What sort of publication it is: Information sheet
Who it's for: Landlords and tenants
What it contains: This information sheet explains what a bond is, how to lodge it, how to transfer it, and how to get a bond refund.
How to get it: Read it online, download it or call 0800 83 62 62 (0800 TENANCY)

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Bond lodgement form

Tenancy form What sort of publication it is: Form
Who it's for: Landlords and tenants
What it contains: This form is for landlords and tenants to fill in at the beginning of the tenancy. It records how much bond money the landlord has collected, and it is sent with the money to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to be held until the tenancy ends and the tenant moves out.
How to get it: Download it or order a hard copy using the publications order form 

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Contact details for the landlord

Tenancy template What sort of publication it is: Template letter
Who it's for: Landlords
What it contains: This is a template letter is for landlords to record their contact details and other emergency numbers, and then give it to their tenant.
How to get it: Download it

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What insurance do I need?

Tenancy information sheet What sort of publication it is: Information sheet
Who it's for: Landlords and tenants
What it contains: This information sheet explains the insurance landlords and tenants should have, and what happens if an insurance company takes over a claim.
How to get it: Read it online, download it or call 0800 83 62 62 (0800 TENANCY)

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Rental payments and records

Tenancy information sheet What sort of publication it is: Information sheet
Who it's for: Landlords and tenants
What it contains: This information sheet explains rent receipts and statements.
How to get it: Read it online, download it or call 0800 83 62 62 (0800 TENANCY)

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Keeping accurate rent records and rent summary

Tenancy information sheet What sort of publication it is: Template
Who it's for: Landlords and tenants
What it contains: This form can be used by landlords and tenants to track the payment of rent during a tenancy.
How to get it: Download it

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Water charges - who pays?

Tenancy information sheet What sort of publication it is: Information sheet
Who it's for: Landlords and tenants
What it contains: This information sheet describes who is responsible for paying water charges in which situations.
How to get it: Read it online download it or call 0800 83 62 62 (0800 TENANCY)

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Rental properties used in the manufacture of methamphetamine (P)

Tenancy information sheet What sort of publication it is: Information sheet
Who it's for: Landlords and tenants
What it contains: This information sheet explains what action landlords and tenants should take if they suspect a property has been used as a P lab.
How to get it: Read it online, download it or call 0800 83 62 62 (0800 TENANCY)

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Flat/House sharing agreement

Tenancy informaiton sheet. What sort of publication it is: Form
Who it's for: Tenants
What it contains: Flat/house sharing agreements between tenants and other flatmates are not covered under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986. Tenants and other flatmates will, however, find it useful to have a written agreement. A sample is below of what could be included in an agreement. This agreement is between the Head Tenant and Flatmate to fill in together before the Flatmate moves in. It sets out the key things the Head Tenant and Flatmate agree to do, like when rent is paid, if pets are allowed etc.
How to get it: Download it

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Allowing the tenant to have pets on the premises

Tenancy information sheet What sort of publication it is: Information sheet
Who it's for: Landlords and tenants
What it contains: This information sheet explains the terms surrounding keeping pets on the premises.
How to get it: Read it online, download it or call 0800 83 62 62 (0800 TENANCY)

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Providing a healthy and safe rental property

Tenancy information sheet What sort of publication it is: Information sheet
Who it's for: Landlords and tenants
What it contains: This information sheet outlines what landlords needs to be aware of in terms of legal health and safety-related requirements.
How to get it: Read it online, download it or call 0800 83 62 62 (0800 TENANCY)

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Letting your home as a holiday home

Tenancy information sheet. What sort of publication it is: Information sheet
Who it's for: Landlords and tenants
What it contains: This information sheet explains the laws that apply when letting a home as a holiday home.
How to get it: Read it online, download it or call 0800 83 62 62 (0800 TENANCY)

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