As a tenant, one of the most important documents you`ll need to sign is the assured shorthold tenancy agreement (AST). This document outlines the terms and conditions of your tenancy, including the rent you`ll pay, the length of your tenancy, and your responsibilities as a tenant. However, what happens if you haven`t signed your AST?
Firstly, it is important to note that an AST doesn’t have to be in writing to be valid, but it is best practice to have a written agreement. If it is not written, it can be difficult to prove what was agreed between a landlord and tenant.
If the AST agreement is not signed, as a tenant, you are still legally bound by the terms and conditions of the tenancy. This means that you`ll still need to pay the rent on time, take care of the property, and follow any other rules outlined in the agreement.
In a situation where you haven`t signed the AST, it`s important to communicate with your landlord or letting agent. Ask them if there`s a reason why the document hasn`t been signed and if they can provide you with a copy of the agreement to sign. If there are any discrepancies that you have noticed, bring them to their attention and ask to amend.
If your landlord or letting agent is unresponsive or unwilling to provide you with a copy of the agreement, it`s important to seek legal advice. A solicitor or Citizens Advice Bureau can help you understand your rights and what legal action you can take if necessary.
In conclusion, it is important to sign your assured shorthold tenancy agreement to ensure that you are protected by the legal rights and obligations outlined in the document. However, if for any reason the agreement is not signed, it is important to communicate with your landlord or letting agent and seek legal advice if necessary.