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If you enter into a situation where a property is being rented out without a written tenancy arrangement specifying the terms and conditions of the tenancy, you’ve ultimately created a verbal/oral tenancy agreement.
While a verbal tenancy agreement isn’t particularly safe or smart for either landlord or tenant, it’s important to understand that it is still a legally binding contract, and both tenant and landlord still have statutory rights protecting them.
A tenant without a written contract is still entitled to all the statutory rights a regular tenant with a contract is, including water, heating, a safe environment etc. In a similar vein, the tenant is still obligated to pay rent on time and take reasonable care of the property.
Therefore the landlord will be able to recover the arrears from you. However remember you have statutory rights alluded to above.
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The monthly amount can be evidenced from your previous payments on your statements.
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