Additional terms and conditions may be included and the agreement must comply with the Residential Tenancies Act 1997. Successful applicant of a rental property is usually asked by the broker or lessor to sign a rental agreement, also known as a rental agreement, before they can move in. Short-term leases can be written or oral, but we recommend the use of written leases. Owners and tenants can use our Form 1 – Rental Agreement (Word, 1.5MB). Clearer rules for terminating a lease or resolving a dispute. In the event of the use of a written tenancy agreement, the landlord must provide an unsigned copy of the lease to the tenant (s) before inviting him to the signature. Tenants should always read the lease carefully before signing and ask questions if they do not understand part of the contract. Written leases must accurately reflect the text of these official forms. A tenancy agreement is a legal contract between tenants and landlords, for which there is no cooling-off period.