A tenancy agreement is a contract between an occupier and a landlord. It sets out the legal terms and conditions of the occupancy arrangements. It can be written down or oral. A tenancy can be of fixed-term (running for a set period of time) or periodic (running on a week-by-week or month-by-month basis).In the social housing sector, it is now usual for new tenants to be given a probationary or ‘starter’ tenancy prior to establishing a longer-term agreement. A probationary tenancy typically runs for 12 months. At the end of this period the landlord has the option to establish a fi rm tenancy agreement, extend the probationary period or evict the occupier.
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