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How to ask for a longer tenancy agreement

You can ask a landlord for a longer term contract if you'd like to rent a home for 2 years or more.

Use the free Gov.uk model tenancy agreement

Landlords and tenants who want a tenancy contract that's longer than the standard 6 or 12 months can use Gov.uk's free model assured shorthold tenancy agreement.

It can be used for fixed-term tenancies of 2 years or more.

The agreement should not be used by lodgers.

Complete the Gov.uk model tenancy agreement online

Print the Gov.uk model tenancy agreement and guidance

Ask the landlord

When you’re looking to rent a new home ask if the landlord or agent will agree to a longer term contract.

If you’re already renting and would like to stay longer, ask about a longer term contract when it’s time to renew.

Point out the advantages to the landlord or letting agent

Landlords will have reduced admin work and lower costs for:

  • tenancy renewals or re-letting
  • inventory checking
  • tenancy deposit protection and return
  • right to rent immigration checks

Provide evidence and references

It will help if you can show that you have a:

  • stable income
  • good credit rating
  • history of paying your rent or bills on time

Provide references from past landlords if you can.

Agree the tenancy terms

The Gov.uk model assured shorthold tenancy agreement contains clauses that you and your landlord can decide between you.

Length of the tenancy

The model agreement sets out the tenancy start and end dates.

A longer term tenancy period is for at least 2 years but less than 7 years.

It’s up to you and your landlord to agree the length of the tenancy.

How you can end the contract early

A break clause in the model agreement allows you to leave before the end of the fixed term.

You have to give your landlord 3 months' notice in writing.

The earliest you can leave is after the first 6 months as you can't give notice in the first 3 months.

Trial period for the first 6 months

A break clause in the model agreement means the contract can end after the first 6 months. This gives landlords the flexibility to end the contract early.

To use this break clause, your landlord must give you a minimum of 2 months’ notice in writing in the first 4 months of the tenancy.

You could ask your landlord not to include this clause if you’re an established tenant renewing with the same landlord.

Ending the contract early if the landlord wants to sell

With the model agreement, a landlord can ask you to leave before the contract end date if they want to sell the property.

Your landlord must:

  • give you written notice that they intend to sell
  • allow two months before they give you another notice setting a date for you to leave

There should be at least 4 months between when you are told your landlord wants to sell and the date they want you to leave.

If you don’t leave, your landlord can take steps to evict you.

Rent increases

With the model agreement, rent increases are agreed at the start of your tenancy.

The contract contains options for the landlord to:

  • set a fixed rent from the start to the end of the contract
  • increase the rent every year up to an agreed limit

You are entitled to at least 28 days' notice of an annual rent increase.

Consider other options

Your landlord may agree you can sign or renew an assured shorthold tenancy contract with a fixed-term of less than 2 years.

Your landlord may agree you can stay without signing another contract. Your tenancy can roll on (month by month or week by week) as a periodic tenancy.


Last updated 07 Feb 2017 | © Shelter


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