Assured Shorthold Tenancy

An assured shorthold tenancy is a particular form of tenancy which has become popular with landlords in recent years because it enables a property to be let on the basis that the tenant acquires very little security of tenure ie at the end of the tenancy the landlord can generally recover possession without too much difficulty. It is necessary to give at least two months notice in a certain form expiring on or after the end date of the tenancy agreement.

The template supplied enables you to set your own rent and length of tenancy along with other variable items. It is a fairly comprehensive document but we do not impose restrictions on you altering the wording if you choose to. The appropriate forms of Notice to Quit are included with our template tenancy agreement, however, should you wish to buy the Notice to Quit separately, then see Useful links to move to the relevant page. Our template would generally be used when renting out the whole of a house or flat. Where you are just letting out a room in your own home and will be sharing facilities (i.e. taking in a lodger) then we would recommend our house sharing agreement, see Useful links.

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Alternatively, have you considered purchasing our letting pack for just £15? See Useful links.

Generally speaking a tenancy of a residential property entered into after 28th February 1997 between private individuals is by default an Assured Shorthold Tenancy, unless a notice to the contrary has been given. This is the opposite of what the law was before that date. There are some exceptions to this (eg letting to students by an educational establishment, company lets, lettings at very high rents or lettings to a tenant who has diplomatic immunity).

There is no minimum term for an Assured Shorthold Tenancy specified in the legislation however, unless the tenant is in breach of the terms of the tenancy agreement, it is not possible to obtain a court order to regain possession of the property let until at least the first 6 months have gone by. Effectively therefore there is a minimum term of 6 months.

A court has to grant an order for possession of a property let under an Assured Shorthold Tenancy if a certain notice has been given. The template tenancy agreement supplied by Legaldocsdirect includes both forms of likely notice so you can choose whichever is appropriate. The form which is appropriate to use depends on whether the tenancy is a fixed term Assured Shorthold Tenancy or a Periodic Assured Shorthold Tenancy.

The Landlord cannot hold the deposit himself - this is in breach of the legislation. With effect from 6th April 2007 any deposit held under an Assured Shorthold Tenancy must be held under an approved deposit scheme or backed by an approved insurance scheme. For more information see Useful links.

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