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A signature does not make it legal

Estates Gazette Group Limited
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Highlights the pitfalls for tenants of entering into standard tenancy agreements without first seeking professional advice. Considers the scenario of an assured shorthold tenancy concluded for a five-year term using Oyez's standard form of tenancy agreement for letting to determine whether such an agreement, which makes no reference to a deed, can amount to a legal lease. Describes the formalities for creating a legally valid lease and looks at whether the lease could take effect as an equitable lease or a periodic tenancy. Examines the availability of statutory protection for the tenant. Cases Walsh v Lonsdale (1882) LR 21 Ch D 9 (CA)

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