What is best: A fixed Term Agreement OR A Periodic Agreement

A fixed term agreement has a definitive start and end date while a periodic tenancy is known typically as a ‘month-to-month’ arrangement and does not have an end date. A fixed term agreement and a periodic agreement both hold their own pros and cons which you would need to consider as they may affect you as the landlord.

Fixed-Term Agreement

  • Provides security and peace of mind knowing you have a fixed income for the period of the Agreement.
  • Enables you to forecast and budget accordingly for any expenses or refurbishment required.
  • The Term of the Agreement can end at a time where the market is at its premium, therefore giving you greater control.
  • To end a Fixed Term Agreement, a Notice to Leave of 2 Months is required to be provided to the Tenant. A Tenant cannot leave prior to the end of the Fixed Term but does need to give 14 days’ Notice if they are ending the Agreement.

Periodic Agreement

  • The Tenant is in control and can dictate when they wish to end the Tenancy by giving the required notice to leave of 2 weeks’ notice.
  • The Tenant is not committed to a period of tenancy other than the period required for the notice.
  • The option of increasing the rent is often missed as the Tenancy continues unless the Agency is particular about following through with monitoring all Periodic Agreements.
  • Tenant may terminate the Tenancy at a ‘slow’ time therefore the Property will be vacant longer. This equates to loss of income to the Lessor and to the Agent as commission income.
  • The Lessor/Agent has to provide 2 Months’ Notice to Leave without grounds if vacant possession is required.

Things to consider:
Before deciding which term is best for you, consider your objectives for your investment property.  While a periodic agreement may provide you with more flexibility should you be thinking of selling or developing the property, a fixed term agreement will provide you with more piece of mind, security and control of your investment.

Discuss your investment plan with your property manager to help reach your short or long term goal.