Bristol Tenancy

Tenancy is an "estate in land" granted for a determined period of time - "term of months or years" or "fixed-term".


A tenancy can be for 6 months, 1 year or even 99 years. As consequences of the Housing Act 1996 after 28th February 1997 it is now possible to grant a shorter tenancy than 6 months. In return for the "time limited" but 'exclusive' use and possession of the land the tenant pays the landlord 'rent'.

Clifton and Bristol Landlords can fall in the following category:

Freeholder (owner) Landlord grants a tenancy to:

  • Tenant A (Head lease holder).
  • Tenant A grants a tenancy to "B" (sublease holder).
  • Tenant B grants a tenancy to "C".

Provided each subsequent 'sublease' is shorter in length than the previous one there is no problem. To all intent and purpose, whilst a tenancy is in force, the tenant occupier is the 'owner of the land' and can act as any other owner would, so long as it's within the terms of his tenancy / lease agreement and current statutory requirements (Acts of Parliament).

In a residential tenancy agreement the landlord has a number of legal obligations i.e. to maintain the property, tenant deposit scheme TDS, EPC certificate, annual gas service and safety checks. Tenancy agreements are partly contractual, i.e. an agreement between landlord and tenant which can be enforced by a court of law. with residential tenancies they are partly governed by 'statutory' (Parliamentary) 'rules' which cannot be overridden by the contractual common law rules. The agreement must be deemed 'fair' and that it does not fall foul of the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999.

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