Yes, this article will help you understand your tenancy agreement, with guidance on where to go for further support.

Our Housing Advisers are also here to help you and can review a document. We advise that you email any proposed contracts to Advice so an Adviser can review the document. 
 
In this article:
We also recommend learning more about contracts in our module Signing a Private Housing Contract, Next Steps.
 
 
What is a housing contract?
The contract is a document that you sign when you start a tenancy agreement and it is legally binding. Therefore, it is important that you read it carefully and understand your rights and responsibilities.

Both King’s College London and the University of London Housing Service provide free contract-checking services, so it is always a good idea to speak to an adviser if you are unsure.
If you are renting from a private landlord, the most common types of tenancy are:
  • Assured Shorthold Tenancy 
  • Licence Agreement (living with your landlord or private student halls)
It is sometimes possible to have a different type of tenancy than the one stated on your agreement. The reality of the living situation determines the type of tenancy you have, not just what is written at the top of your contract. If you are unsure, seek advice.

You can also refer to the Shelter Tenancy Checker.
 
Common types of contract for students
 
 

Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs)

 

 

Licence

 

Common terms to be aware of in contracts
 
 

Joint Tenancy

 

 

Individual Tenancy

 

 

Right to Rent Check

 

 

Tenant Fees

 

 

Break Clause

 

 

Implied Terms