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Should Your Address Be On A Tenancy Agreement?

24th November 2022

Landlords, did you know that there are over 170 separate pieces of legislation that directly impact the private rented sector? Here at Concentric, one of our big goals is to help educate you to be able to navigate this maze of rules and regulations so that you can stay safe and compliant. 

While you may prefer not to share your residential address with your tenants, did you know that there are laws that govern whether or not you are permitted to withhold your address? The two main rules that apply to your address are Section 47 and Section 48 of the Landlord and Tenant Act (1985). Let’s get into them. 


What Section 47 Means To Your Tenancy Agreements

Let’s start with Section 47. Section 47 of the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1985 states that a landlord’s address must be present on all documents that are, in fact, a demand for payment. The document that most commonly falls within the purview of this legislation is your tenancy agreement. This means that you, as a landlord, have a legal obligation to include your residential address on your tenancy agreement. Is your address present on your agreement currently? If not, you could be falling foul of this regulation. What does this mean? 

Your tenants are not legally liable or responsible to pay any rent they may owe you until you have shared your residential address. The law is clear. If you’re using an agent, you are not permitted to use your agent’s address. Rather, the address on the agreement must be the landlord’s residential address, wherever that is in the world. The reason this legislation applies to the tenancy agreement is that it is, in the eyes of the law, a demand for payment. Until and when you have provided your residential address, the tenant does not legally have to pay. It makes sense that you, as a landlord, may feel some reservations about having to share your home address with your tenants. However, in the private rented sector, this is a given right that the tenants have been legally granted. Section 47 grants tenants the right to identify the person from whom they are renting. 

Moreover, if the tenant makes a formal demand, in writing, to you as the landlord or your agent, each party is obligated to respond to that request within 21 days. As we have already mentioned, failure to supply the information within that timeframe could result in the tenant refusing to pay rent until the information requested has been provided. In that situation, the tenant would be in their full legal rights to withhold payment from you, the landlord. 


Why You Need To Know About Section 48

The other significant rule that impacts whether or not a landlord must share their address is Section 48 of the same law. Again, this section focuses entirely on the landlord’s address. However, in this case, the legislation refers to an address being given to a tenant in England or Wales for the sole purpose of serving notice to that tenant. In this case, landlords have more flexibility, as the address can be that of your agent or your place of business, depending only on your preference. If you are a company landlord, then the address to provide tenants, under this section, would be the registered address of the business.

Ultimately, these sections of the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1985 do not carry penalties or fines if you are in violation. However, that does not mean that they are inconsequential. The ultimate penalty could be that your tenant simply chooses not to pay the rent. In that event, the law would not require the tenant to pay until the residential address of the landlord was provided. 



To recap, Section 47 places a clear obligation on landlords to provide their residential address to their tenants on their tenancy agreement and on any other documents that are payment requests. Section 48 requires that landlords share their business address (or the address of their agent) when serving notice to tenants, only when the tenants reside within England or Wales. 

We hope that you’ve found this information useful. It’s important to always stay informed about legislation so that you can remain in compliance and continue to serve your tenants. If you’re curious about where you can get more information on the latest and most important legislative updates, our very own Dawn Bennett hosts a quarterly webinar where she drills down into a variety of the many pieces of legislation that apply to our industry. 

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