Can I negotiate the lease / licence with my prospective landlord?
You will often be presented with a document described as the landlord’s ‘standard document’, the implication being that its terms and condition are non-negotiable. This certainly does not mean that you should automatically accept what you read in the document.
As with any contract, if there is something that you do not understand or are unhappy about raise it with the landlord, and if in doubt seek independent legal advice.
It is also worth noting that some landlords, particularly charities, will charge an administration fee for issuing your lease / tenancy agreement or licence. Although this is standard, make sure you understand how much will be charged before signing.