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The council is to pay the rent direct to the tenant
Thanks. Yes there is no problm with you charging rent weekly whatsoever.You can either ask a solcitor to prepare a tenancy agreement for you or you can prepare your own. There are a variety of online services that will assist you with precedents. Here is an example:http://www.lawdepot.co.uk/contracts/tenancy-agreement/Providing you are letting the whole property as opposed to a room on a property the above is what you need. Take care to provide for a 6 month term (min) or 12 month term. Longer terms than 12 months are possible but should be considered carefully.
Rental increases can vary from area to area but on average 5% is not normally unreasonable. Increases are by agreement between the tenant and landlord in practice though they can be set by a rent tribunal if you prefer. Does the above answer all your questions or is there anything I can clarify or help with any further?