Yes. A written lease clarifies each party's rights and responsibilities.
It also protects both parties since neither can deny having reached certain agreements written into
A lease should be complete with all blanks filled in and any changes or additions made before
it is signed, and each party should receive a copy.
Once both the landlord and tenant sign a lease, each is legally bound by its provisions unless
both parties agree to the change or if it is illegal. A lease is a very important legal document and
should be kept in a safe place. Changes to a lease during the tenancy are enforceable only if both the
tenant and landlord agree in writing.
"The type of investment property you are looking for should be dictated by what the local area is in
need of," says Harpreet Garcha, proprietor of Belvoir Kettering.
"In Kettering, for example, we need more three-four bedroom recent-build properties close to schools.
There are, at present, sufficient apartments and small terrace properties available to let."
Rick Flay, proprietor of Belvoir Sheffield, agrees.
"Research of the tenant demand in your location is critical," he says.
"Research the area and find out what type of properties rent easily.
Some areas are in need of extra one-bed flats to let while others appeal to the family market and are
in need of more three-bed houses.
Also, think about who's going to be renting your property.
Is there a major source of tenants already available in the area where you're looking to invest,
such as a university campus or a medical facility?
If so, capitalize on this demand - but, as Terry Lucking, proprietor of Belvoir Peterborough and Corby,
warns, "Make sure you are not relying on just one or two sources of tenant supply,
such as a local hospital or college - should a major change occur you may struggle to let your property.
If you are the tenant, you don't have to file a written answer,
but you must come to court and prove that the statements made by the landlord
in the complaint are not true. Arrange to have in court any witnesses you need to prove your case.
A written statement, even if made under oath, cannot be used in court.
Only actual testimony of the witnesses will be allowed.
Bring to court all applicable records. Such records may include:
Rent receipts, canceled checks. Leases. Letters and notices to or from the landlord. Photographs. Other documents proving your case.
If you have not paid rent because the landlord did not make necessary repairs,
you have to prove to the court how serious the problems are and how they are affecting your use
of the rented premises. If you have not paid your rent, you should bring the amount the landlord
claims you owe to court. Only cash, a certified check, or a money order made out to the Court Clerk is acceptable.
If you are able to settle your case with the tenant before the trial date, call the
Office of the Clerk of the Special Civil Part immediately to confirm that the case was settled.