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Assured shorthold tenancy

This is the most common form of agreement:

  • This type of agreement applies to all tenancies created after 15th January 1989, and amended from 1st October 2010, where the annual rent is not more than £100,000 and the tenants are individuals, not companies.
  • The tenant has the right to live in the property for the agreed period, or until you as landlord serve notice.
  • You have a right to end the tenancy by using a 'section21' notice. However, you must give the tenant at least two months' notice before the end of any agreed fixed term.
  • A section 21 notice does not work in the first six months of the tenancy. However, you can issue a section 21 notice after the first four months, which allows for the required two-month notice period. Your tenant will only be protected by this six-month rule from the start of the first tenancy and not in subsequent tenancies.
  • You can get your property back before the six-month term ends if your tenant:
    • hasn't paid the rent for at least eight weeks
    • is causing a nuisance to the neighbours
    • has damaged your property (beyond usual wear and tear)*

*Subject to obtaining a court order

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