This is a copy of an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement.
An assured or shorthold tenancy is the usual form of letting if:
- Your tenant is a private tenant and you are a private landlord.
- The tenancy began on or after 15 January 1989
- The house or flat is let as separate accommodation and is a tenants main home.
A tenancy will not be an assured or shorthold tenancy if:
- The tenancy began before 15 January 1989
- The let is a business or holiday let
- No rent or a very low or very high rent is charged
- You as the landlord are a “resident landlord”.
Assured and shorthold tenancies allow landlords to charge a full market rent, unlike previous forms of tenancy.
Shorthold tenancies also allow landlords to let their property for a short period only and to get it back if they wish after six months.
Changes in the 1996 Act mean that:
- Any new tenancy will automatically be a shorthold tenancy unless the landlord gives written notice that it will not be a shorthold tenancy
- The landlord has a right to possession if the tenant owes at least two months’ or eight weeks’ rent (rather than three months’ or 13 weeks’ rent)
- It will be easier for you to evict the tenant if they cause a nuisance or annoyance to other local people
- If you as the landlord agree a new or replacement shorthold tenancy you should give your tenant a statement of the main details of the tenancy agreement.
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