Tenancy agreements: a guide for landlords (England and Wales)

4. Changes to tenancy agreements

You must get the agreement of your tenants if you want to make changes to the terms of their tenancy agreement.

Preventing discrimination

You can’t discriminate against or harass your tenants on the grounds of:

  • age
  • gender
  • sexual orientation
  • disability (or because of something connected with their disability)
  • religion or belief
  • race
  • being a transgendered person
  • your tenant being pregnant or having a baby

Example Your tenant might need a guide dog in the house but a term in the tenancy agreement says no pets are allowed. You must change the term to allow guide dogs in the property, unless you have a very strong reason not to, eg another tenant in the property has a serious allergy to dogs.

If you get managed payments from your local council

When your tenants move to Universal Credit, you can help them set up their new rent payments.

You can read more about Universal Credit and how it affects landlords.