I am just about to rent out my first property. Do I need the lease agreement to be witnessed when signing by both parties? Is it still valid if there is no witness?
There is no legal requirement for the signing of the lease to be witnessed. However, IPOA suggest as best practice that signatures are witnessed if possible.
As a landlord your lease (tenancy) agreement is probably one of the most important documents you will use. It is the legal agreement between you and each tenant occupying your property. It outlines the rights and obligations of both parties during the tenancy and should be understood by both parties. Signatures acknowledge that the landlord and the tenant agree to follow the terms of the lease.
It is important to note that despite any lease both Landlord and Tenant have legal rights and responsibilities under the Residential Tenancies Act.
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