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As a tenant, it is important to have a tenancy agreement that outlines the terms of your housing arrangement. However, you may find yourself in a situation where you have moved in but have not received a tenancy agreement from your landlord. So, does a landlord have to provide you with a tenancy agreement?

The short answer is no, a landlord is not legally required to provide a tenant with a written tenancy agreement. However, it is highly recommended that both the landlord and the tenant have a written agreement in place.

A tenancy agreement is beneficial for both parties as it outlines the terms of the tenancy, such as the rental amount, payment schedule, length of lease, and any other conditions of the rental. Having a written agreement can help avoid misunderstandings and disputes down the line.

If a tenant has not received a written agreement, they can request one from the landlord. However, the landlord may refuse to provide one. In this case, the tenant can still enforce their legal rights and protections under the law. These rights include the right to quiet enjoyment of the property, the right to receive proper notice before eviction, and the right to have essential repairs made in a timely manner.

If a landlord refuses to provide a tenancy agreement, the tenant can still provide evidence of their tenancy agreement through alternative means. For example, if the tenant paid a security deposit or rent in advance, this can be used as evidence of an agreement. The tenant can also provide evidence of any correspondence or emails with the landlord that outline the terms of the tenancy.

In summary, while a landlord is not legally required to provide a written tenancy agreement, it is highly recommended that both parties have a written agreement in place. If a landlord refuses to provide a tenancy agreement, a tenant can still enforce their legal rights and protections. It is important for both parties to understand their rights and obligations to ensure a positive tenancy experience.