MPs are responsible for checking the terms and conditions of their rental agreements, including any service charges, penalty clauses and other clauses which may otherwise lead to unexpected costs.
You should check their liability for business rates on the premises before signing the contract. [6.15]
MPs must inform IPSA immediately when a rental agreement commences, ends, or is renewed, or if there are changes to the contract, such as the rental charge or the landlord’s payment details. [6.16]
MPs should negotiate a clause in their contracts to allow them to give two months’ notice in the event of a change in circumstances, such as leaving Parliament or any other circumstances which means they have to vacate the property.
They will only be able to claim for rent and other office costs incurred during the winding-up period after leaving Parliament.
Any further costs incurred after that period will not be funded by IPSA. [6.17]