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Query About Rental Contracts In Northern Ireland

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Evening all, I'm not sure whether to post this here or in the Northern Ireland forum (or both...!). I recently moved to Northern Ireland from England because of work and am just about to sign a rental agreement with a private landlord.

Since I've always rented in England until now and am used to the law there, there are a few clauses that I'm wondering about in the agreement that I've been sent. I should explain the landlord is an accidental landlord, having bought the house some years ago and only having had one tenant before me who's been there for 6 years. In that time, I know the law on deposits, for instance, has changed (and the landlord doesn't seem to be aware of this and I will be making sure I let them know).

The clauses that are making me wonder are two in particular - one says I can give 2 months' notice on my tenancy to bring it to an end, but then a few clauses down there is another one which seems completely contradictory, which basically says if I leave before the end of the 1-year term I don't get my deposit back at all, "without exception". Can anyone advise on this? Is this common in NI, and is it legal? I will obviously be taking independent advice as well as soon as offices etc reopen on Monday but I really would welcome input from people on here, since I know you're a knowledgeable lot and I am finding many practices in NI VERY different.

Thanks!

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Ooops, meant to start the previous thread with "should I post this over in the rental forum as well". From the lack of replies I'm presuming it's a) perfectly normal to have that clause in there and B) perfectly legal...

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Ooops, meant to start the previous thread with "should I post this over in the rental forum as well". From the lack of replies I'm presuming it's a) perfectly normal to have that clause in there and B) perfectly legal...

Hey cannycat

Sorry that nobody saw your post over the weekend. Welcome to Northern Ireland! Hope we are treating you well? There are a few points that differ between England and NI when renting so these should help you. The first one covers tenancy agreements and general terms, the second covers repairs & responsibilities and the third is a link to a housing advice service.

http://www.google.co....59930103,d.ZGU

http://www.google.co....59930103,d.ZGU

http://renting.housi...lding-rent.html

happy reading

:)

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It does seem unusual to me, but it doesn't say the tenant is liable for all the rent for the year. If this is a get out of contract clause it is a generous one. Others want guarantors who are liable for the whole term.

I would also hold back your knowledge cards, these could come in useful if you need out of the contract early. Often just mentioning rent books is enough to send most ll scurrying.

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