Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST)
Assured Shorthold Tenancies (AST's) are by far the most common type of tenancy agreement.
Since 28 February 1997 most people renting a property in England will be doing so under an AST.
AST's are typically 6 or 12 months in duration but may be longer. There could also be a rolling agreement.
New tenancies are (except is certain circumstance) an AST by default.
A tenancy agreement will be an AST if:
- The agreement was signed on or after 15 January 1989
- You are a private Landlord or Housing Association and do not lice in or occupy the property
- The property is the tenants main residence e.g. not a second home or holiday home
A tenancy agreement can't be an AST if:
- It is a holiday home
- The annual rent is greater than £100k p.a. or less than £250 p.a outside of London (less than £1k p.a. within London)
- A local authority is the landlord
- It is a commercial premise
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