Weekly Tenancy

  • If a landlord grants a weekly tenancy, i.e. the tenant is required to pay the rent weekly as opposed to monthly or quarterly then exceptionally the landlord must provide a rent book.
  • The tenant is obliged to pay rather than the landlord obliged to collect, however, in these situations invariably the landlord attends to collect the weekly rent absent which – depending on the tenants – it gets spent on other than rent.  Benefit recipient payments is a classic scenario.
  • Any other frequency of rent does not require the landlords to provide a rent book although at any time a tenant is entitled to request a statement and the landlord is obliged to provide it.  Same difference?  Avoid weekly rents if possible – they are messy in every way.  Also avoid four weekly rent as they can be more messy when filling in forms to evict, as there is no provision on court forms for this.  Ugh?  Monthly or quarterly is best.

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