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When building a portfolio or purchasing their first buy to let property most landlords will operate in their local area. This is perfectly understandable. They know the market and being local makes it easier to manage their properties. But not all landlords stay close to their roots. Long-distance landlords can be based hundreds of miles away from their rentals. 

The vast majority of private landlords are honest and hard-working. They provide a well appointed and clean property at a reasonable rent and will attend promptly to any issues their tenant may have. Unfortunately, as in any profession or industry, there are some bad apples.  

The tenancy agreement is such a vital document. Yet many private landlords pay surprisingly little attention to it. They may use the same contract for years at a time. Or worse just find a free template they found on the internet. If you’re a new landlord or worried your tenancy documents may not be up to scratch, we’re going to look at the five most common mistakes landlords make in their tenancy agreement documentation. And crucially how to avoid them.