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Why a MyLawyer property law telephone service?

The MyLawyer property law telephone service enables you to get a range of property related documents drafted by a member of our legal team over the phone. From shorthold tenancy agreements through to documents for accelerated possession, MyLawyer is here to help.

Documents in this area

  • Agreement for a landlord to share house/flat
    This document creates an agreement to be used by the owner of a house or flat who wishes to take on a lodger to occupy part of the house or flat with them. If you are taking on more than one lodger in separate rooms in your house or flat, you will need to create a separate agreement for each room. Please note that this document creates a licence and not a lease, which means that the agreement can be brought to an end much more easily than under a tenancy agreement and provides more protection for the owner.
  • Agreement to let a room to a lodger on a serviced basis
    This agreement should be used by a landlord who wishes to take on a lodger with the option of providing cleaning services and/or breakfast. The agreement creates a licence and not a lease, which allows more flexibility should you wish to bring the agreement to an end. The document also contains an option to provide a third party guarantee for the payment of rent.
  • Housemates/Flatmates agreement
    Use this agreement if you share, or plan to share, a house or flat with another person or a group of people (up to a maximum of 4 other people). The agreement will set out the financial (e.g. responsibility for bills) and other obligations that each of you will have to each other while living together in the property.

    Note that this agreement is not suitable in any of the following situations:
    • You want an agreement to protect your financial interests while living together as a couple (use a cohabitation agreement instead).
    • One of the occupants is the landlord of the property.
    • Each tenant has a separate tenancy agreement with the landlord.
    • The property is not rented.

  • Residential and assured shorthold tenancy agreement
    This document should be used by landlords of a residential property to create a fixed-term assured shorthold tenancy agreement. Specific clauses are included to cover gas, electrical and fire safety and building maintenance. It is suitable for both regular lettings and Houses in Multiple Occupancy (HMO). The document deals with a landlord's requirement to use a Government-authorised Tenancy Deposit Protection scheme. Please note that this document can only be used in England & Wales and the total rent payable should be less than £100,000 per year.
  • Licence to occupy business premises
    Use this document to create a licence for a business premises. A licence might be suitable where giving occupation is merely an act of friendship or generosity; the occupier will be sharing the premises, for example, a stall or kiosk; or where the arrangement is short term or temporary. Please note that this document can only be used in England & Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Medium term lease of commercial premises with rent review

    This lease is suitable for a self-contained property located in the UK that will be let for between 7 and 20 years (for properties in England and Wales) or between 5 and 20 years (for properties in Scotland and Northern Ireland).

    It can be drafted for a maximum of 2 landlords and 2 tenants, who can be individuals (or sole traders), limited companies, business partnerships or limited liability partnerships.

    The lease contains a rent review, an optional break clause and standard obligations from the tenant, such as paying the rent, bills and taxes associated with the property, not transferring the lease without your permission and indemnifying you from various costs. For properties in England and Wales, there is an option to exclude the tenant's right to renew the lease, and the document contains the required notice to send to the tenant.

  • Short term lease of commercial premises with no rent review

    Use this agreement if you own a commercial property in the UK and you're granting a short-term tenancy of no more than 7 years for properties in England and Wales, 20 years for properties in Scotland and 21 years for properties in Northern Ireland.

    The lease is only appropriate for a self-contained building and shouldn't be used where there are shared facilities. It can be drafted for a maximum of 2 landlords and 2 tenants, who can be individuals (or sole traders), limited companies, business partnerships or limited liability partnerships.

    For properties in England and Wales, there is an option to exclude the tenant's right to renew the lease, and the document contains the required notice to send to the tenant.

    This document should only be used if the rent is fixed and intended to stay the same throughout the term. If the tenant doesn't pay the rent, you can end the lease.

    For commercial properties in Northern Ireland, if the proposed term is for 5 years or more, we recommend that you use our 'Medium term lease of commercial premises', as it contains a rent review clause.

  • Stage 1: Before you start court proceedings (accelerated possession)

    The documents contained in this pack include everything you will need before you can start court proceedings to claim back possession of your property if it is rented using an assured shorthold tenancy agreement.

    Begin the process by using the document 'Notice under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988' along with its associated covering letter. (Please note that you cannot use this section 21 notice if you taken a deposit but have not sent to your tenants a notice of the government-authorised tenancy deposit protection scheme that you are using. If you have not yet done this, you should use the document 'Notice to tenant(s) of deposit protection scheme' first.)

    Once you have correctly served the section 21 notice, use Form N215 - Certificate of service to record how and when the section 21 notice was served.

    If the tenants do not move out of the property in the time stipulated in the section 21 notice, you can move to stage two in the process by using our pack 'Stage two: Start court proceedings for possession (accelerated possession)'.

    Pack documents:

    • Notice to tenant(s) of deposit protection scheme
    • Notice under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988
    • Covering letter for section 21 notice
    • Form N215 - Certificate of service
  • Stage 3: Enforcing your possession order (accelerated possession)

    Where you have obtained a court order for possession against your tenant(s) using the accelerated possession procedure and they have failed to vacate the property by the time stipulated in the order, you can use this pack to apply to the court bailiff to remove the tenant(s) from your property and to regain possession. The pack contains the court forms and letters required to follow the court procedure.

    Begin the process by completing the document 'Form N325 - Request for warrant of possession of land' and sending it to the court using its associated covering letter 'Covering letter for form N325 (application for warrant of possession)'. During the course of the court procedure you will need to send the 'Letter to bailiffs enclosing completed forms'.

    Pack documents:

    • Form N325 - Request for warrant of possession of land
    • Covering letter for form N325 (application for warrant of possession)
    • Letter to bailiffs enclosing completed forms
  • Stage 1: Before you start court proceedings (rent arrears)

    If your tenant(s) has failed to pay rent and is in arrears, you can use this pack to help get them to pay back the rent, or as the first step in the process of starting court proceedings if they do not pay. This pack is suitable for use where you have an assured shorthold or an assured tenancy agreement with the tenant(s).

    You should begin the process by sending your tenant(s) our 'Initial letter to tenants regarding rent arrears'. If you have not already done so, you must also send our ‘Notice to tenant(s) of deposit protection scheme’ (for use with lettings using an ‘assured shorthold tenancy’ only). If the initial letter does not have the desired effect then you should use our ‘Notice under section 8 of the Housing Act 1988’ along with its associated covering letter ‘Covering letter for section 8 notice’ to prepare and serve a formal notice seeking possession upon the tenant(s). You can use our ‘Form N215 - Certificate of service’ to record how and when the section 8 notice was served.

    If it is unlikely that the tenant(s) will pay the rent arrears (due to their financial circumstances) then you may want to consider obtaining a possession order using the accelerated possession procedure as this is quicker, but does not order the tenant(s) to pay the rent back. Start with our pack 'Stage one: Before you start court proceedings (accelerated possession)'.

    Pack documents:

    • Notice to tenant(s) of deposit protection scheme
    • Initial letter to tenants regarding rent arrears
    • Notice under section 8 of the Housing Act 1988
    • Covering letter for section 8 notice
    • Form N215 - Certificate of service
  • Stage 2: Starting court proceedings for possession (rent arrears)

    Use this pack after correctly serving a notice seeking possession under section 8 of the Housing Act 1988 where the tenant(s) has failed to pay the rent arrears in the time stipulated in your notice.

    The documents contained in this pack give you everything you must use in order to start court proceedings, obtain an order for possession and to obtain an order for the tenant(s) to pay the rent arrears (if they do not issue a defence at court disputing your claim). The pack contains all the court forms, letters and ancillary documents, such as schedules and witness statements, required to follow the court procedure and to claim back your costs, where your tenancy agreement states that the tenant will be liable to pay for them.

    You should start the process by using the documents ‘Form N5 - Claim for possession of property (rent arrears only)’, ‘Form N119 – Particulars of claim (rent arrears only)’and ‘Schedule of rent arrears for form N119’. You should then send these completed documents to the court along with the associated covering letter ‘Covering letter for claim form N5 & N119’.

    The document notes that come with these documents will explain which of the documents included in this pack you will need to use next or view our flowchart.

    If it is unlikely that the tenant(s) will pay the rent arrears (due to their financial circumstances) then you may want to consider obtaining a possession order using the ‘accelerated possession procedure as this process is quicker, but does not order the tenant(s) to pay the rent back. Start with our pack 'Stage one: Before you start court proceedings (accelerated possession)'.

    Pack documents:

    • Form N5 - Claim for possession of property (rent arrears only)
    • Form N119 – Particulars of claim (rent arrears only)
    • Schedule of rent arrears for form N119
    • Covering letter for claim form N5 & N119
    • Updated rent arrears schedule and witness statement for possession hearing
    • Schedule of costs for applications to court to recover costs
    • Form N215 - Certificate of service
  • Stage 3: Enforcing your possession order (rent arrears)

    If you have obtained a court order for possession against your tenant(s) for rent arrears and they have failed to vacate the property by the time stipulated in the order, you can use this pack to apply to the court bailiff to remove the tenants from your property and for you to regain possession. The pack contains the court forms and letters required to follow the court procedure.

    Begin the process by completing the document 'Form N325 - Request for warrant of possession of land' and sending it to the court with its associated covering letter, 'Covering letter for form N325 (application for warrant of possession)'. During the course of the court procedure, you will need to send the 'Letter to bailiffs enclosing completed forms'.

    Pack documents:

    • Form N325 - Request for warrant of possession of land
    • Covering letter for form N325 (application for warrant of possession)
    • Letter to bailiffs enclosing completed forms
  • Contracting with a builder (pack)

    This pack provides the key documents required to create a basic legal record of the agreement you make with a builder when you engage their services for work. It provides a request for work estimations that should be completed in order to document the scope of the work that will be undertaken for the agreed price, and a small scale contract that will dictate the terms under which the work will proceed. See the individual information associated with each document in this pack for a full description of their use.

  • Landscaping contract
    Use this landscaping contract when entering into an agreement with a landscaping contractor to provide new landscaping work and/or maintenance services. The document provides for an option to incorporate the specifications and plans of the landscaping work into the agreement. It also provides for various options with regards to the parties, payment, hard or soft landscaping work, new landscaping work or landscaping maintenance work. This document is only for use in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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What you get from this service:

  • A solicitor-approved property law document tailored to your circumstances
  • Access to expert advice and guidance over the phone
  • Instructions on what to do every step of the way
  • A secure online document storage facility

Useful information

How do I give notice to my tenants?

If you have rented out your property under an 'Assured shorthold tenancy agreement', you're entitled to regain possession of it by notifying your tenant under the terms of Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 (known as a Section 21 Notice).

Sharing your house or flat with a lodger?

If you own your house or flat and would like to rent out one of your rooms to a lodger, it is advisable to have an agreement in place to formally record the terms and conditions under which the lodger (referred to as the 'occupier') will share your property.

What is a deposit protection scheme?

By law, landlords taking deposits for assured shorthold tenancies are required to safeguard their tenants' deposits through the registration with an approved deposit protection scheme.

What is an assured shorthold tenancy agreement?

An 'Assured shorthold tenancy agreement' (AST) allows a landlord to let out a property to a tenant while retaining the right to repossess the property at the end of the term of the tenancy.

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