What an agreement says and what the lease really is may be different. For example, your landlord may say that the contract is not a lease, but an “occupancy license.” A rental agreement exists even if there is only an oral agreement between you and your landlord. For example, at the beginning of the lease, you and your landlord agreed on the amount of rent and when it would be payable, whether it contains fuel, or if your landlord can decide who else may reside in the unit. The backdating of the carrying tags was not uncommon, and it was not illegal. However, the re-assatation of legal documents is another matter. The return of legal documents is often permitted. But in other circumstances, it can be fraudulent or illegal. The tenancy conditions set the obligations of the landlord and tenant towards each other and thus prevent disputes between you and the tenant in the future. The lease determines the start date of the lease, the amount of rent and the duration of the lease.
However, the return of documents can be illegal or even criminal. If a re-meeting of a document misleads a third party or gives a false impression of when a action was taken, it can be fraudulent. The intentions of the parties are also important in determining whether the retrodation is legal. Your right or the right of your landlord to terminate a lease and your right to stay and be safe from eviction depend on the type of lease you have. In Scotland, in most cases, your landlord must submit a written rental agreement. In particular, your landlord must submit a written rental agreement if you are a tenant of a public dwelling or if you are an insured or short-insured tenant of a private landlord. There are obligations that you and your landlord have that are not stipulated in the contract, but are set by law and are incorporated into all leases. These terms are part of the contract, even if they have not been explicitly agreed between you and your landlord. The lease you have depends on the facts of your situation, not what your agreement says. For example, if you pay rent to a private landlord who does not live with you and you have accepted a rent of 6 months, you will probably have short-term rent (or a guaranteed short rent in Scotland).