Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements
An Assured Shorthold Tenancy is used where the landlord does not live at the property. The tenancy agreement can be used for a single tenant who occupies the property on their own, or a group of tenants who jointly occupy the property and share responsibility. If you want to let an unfurnished house or flat situated in England or Wales an assured shorthold tenancy agreement is what you require.
An Assured Shorthold Tenancy can be for any length of time. The landlord may agree a fixed term of less than six months if the tenant agrees. However, the tenant has a right to stay in the property for a minimum period of six months. This means that even if a fixed term of less than six months is agreed, the landlord does not have a guaranteed right to possession if the tenant refuses to leave during the first six months of the tenancy.
The tenancy agreement sets out the obligations of the landlord and the tenant(s).
An Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement will cover:
- Name of the tenant and the landlord.
- The present address of the property which is being let to the tenant.
- The date the tenancy had started.
- Deposit amount
- Details of the rent amount and frequency of rent payments.
- Tenant's obligation to keep the property in good condition.
- Tenant's obligation to pay service bills and council tax.
- Not to cause nuisance or annoyance to others
- Not to keep pets without written permission
- Landlord's obligation to keep the property in repair.
- Landlord's obligation to insure the property.
- What happens at the end of the tenancy.
Contractual Tenancy Agreement - Common Law Tenancy Agreement
A Contractual Tenancy Agreement may be used in any of the following tenancy situations where an assured shorthold tenancy should not be used:
- where the annual rent exceeds £25,000 or a proportion of it;
- where the premises being let is self-contained accommodation in a property that has been converted from a single property to multiple units (e.g. a house converted into flats), where the landlord lives;
- where the property is not the tenant’s principal home.
The issues covered in a contractual tenancy agreement cover the same areas as for an assured shorthold tenancy agreement, covering the responsibilities and obligations of both landlord and tenant.