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
Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

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Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.

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