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Different Ways to Rent
When you are preparing to sign a tenancy agreement, it is important to understand the basis upon which you will be a tenant because it will affect your rights and obligations.
Most often a lease arrangement will be straightforward - an agreement between you and your landlord. There are occasions, however, when a more complicated arrangement might exist that could affect your rights. You will want to know whether you are being offered a sub-lease or an assignment of a lease, and if so, whether the landlord has consented to the arrangement.
If you are sharing a place to live with others as roommates, you will want to consider who is actually a tenant under the lease, whether you will all sign the tenancy agreement, or whether only one of you will sign the agreement. This will affect who is primarily responsible for obligations under the lease.
When you are considering your future plans, you may wish to consider if a periodic or a fixed term tenancy will be better for you. This will affect the way in which your tenancy can be terminated.
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