When does a tenancy agreement (lease) start?

Under section 7 of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 a residential tenancy agreement starts on the earliest of the following days:

(a) the day stated in the agreement;

(b) the 1st day both parties have signed the agreement and received a copy signed by the other;

(c) the day the tenant takes possession;

(d) the 1st day the lessor receives rent from the tenant.

 

 

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