Beginning a Tenancy - Types of Tenancies

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There are two types of tenancies. Fixed term agreements are for a set period of time, usually 6 or 12 months. You should not sign a fixed term lease if you do not intend on staying for the full term, as breaking a lease can be expensive. Non-fixed term agreements have no end date. A tenancy agreement may be verbal, in writing or a combination of both. If an agreement is in writing it must be legible, clearly expressed and if printed, font size 10 or more. The landlord/agent must provide you with a copy of the written agreement within 14 days of the agreement commencing.