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  • Legal FAQs

    Signing AST - independent witness needed?

    I have a new tenant and we are about to sign the tenancy agreement

    at the end of the tenancy agreement it says

    'Signed and executed as a deed by the following parties'

    Then it has a section for the tenant and witness to sign respectively.

    As I will be present when the tenant signs the agreement, am I allowed to sign/date the witness section? or does this have to be someone else? (ie not the landlord)

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    No you cannot witness the tenants signature. It must be someone independent

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    David Smith
    Landlord & Tenant Solicitor
    Anthony Gold Solicitors

    Find me on LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/in/dsnsmith

    All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of my firm. No comment made should be taken as legal advice and you should consult a solicitor or other legal professional for advice on your specific situation.

    You couldn't sign as witness,  however I believe a witness is not necessary for the document to be legal. Perhaps dsns may clarify this?

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    I personally never bother with a witness.

    Save yourself the hassle.

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    Use a tenancy agreement that ain't a deed:


    Only tenancies longer than 3 years have to be a deed:  If you are signing up a new tenant don't offer more than 6 months (12 months if v v  v  v  v attractive deal..)


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