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Third Parties

  • These are people indirectly connected to the parties but not party to the contract and include Guarantors, those who communicate or pay bills on behalf of the tenant.
  • The danger of accepting rent from a third party is that if not done carefully, they become direct parties to the tenancy.
  • Any tenancy needs to include the clause that such payments are received as agent for the tenant and not from the tenant to prevent the payer later arguing he has a tenancy and producing a receipt to prove it!
  • Any receipt provided must be worded likewise.
  • A prospective tenant can authorise anyone to sign a tenancy on their behalf.
  • An agent for the landlord can also be authorised by the landlord to sign a tenancy agreement on behalf of the landlord and indeed for works to be carried out, notices to quit, etc.
Published: 11 November 2013 Last Updated: 17 November 2021