Before signing a tenancy agreement, it’s absolutely essential you make sure that:

  • You know much your rent is, and that you can afford to pay it each month
  • You know where your deposit has gone, and the rules about what your landlord can take money out of it for
  • You’ve checked the details in your tenancy agreement are correct (your name, dates, the amount you’re agreeing to pay)
  • You know what is in your tenancy agreement. If you sign it, you’re saying you understand and agree. If you breach it, you can be evicted and it wont be a good enough excuse to say you didn’t know about something if you signed!
  • You have the Landlords contact details, phone number and address
  • If the Landlord has agreed to fix anything before moving in, get it confirmed in writing

If you’re worried about any of this, make sure you’ve had a good look at all the sections on the website, and have a look at the resources below

Shelter Cymru’s Leaving home checklist (A list of the basic things you may need when moving into your new accommodation)

Shelter Cymru’s Getting the right place checklist (Use this checklist to help you think about getting the right place for you)

Shelter Cymru’s Viewing a property checklist (A list of the basic things you may need to look out for and check when looking for a new home)

Shelter Cymru’s Inventory (Template inventory, can help avoid disputes between landlords and tenants)