Assured and assured shorthold tenancies—granting
Assured and assured shorthold tenancies—granting

The following Local Government guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Assured and assured shorthold tenancies—granting
  • Definitions
  • Criteria for AT
  • Exceptions to AT status
  • Ceasing to fall within AT criteria
  • Criteria for AST
  • Exceptions to AST status
  • Prohibition of tenant fees
  • Rent payable under AT or AST
  • Other terms of AT/AST
  • more

This Practice Note explains the criteria for assured tenancies (AT) and assured shorthold tenancies (AST) and the exceptions to those criteria, the main terms of AT and ASTs, the position regarding succession, and summarises a landlord’s obligations in respect of energy efficiency, gas safety and other health and safety obligations, right to rent and tenancy deposits. For information regarding terminating AT and ASTs see Practice Note: Assured and assured shorthold tenancies—terminating.

Definitions

Listed below are the definitions of terms which are particularly relevant for the purposes of this Practice Note:

  1. Assured tenancy (AT): was the main form of private residential security of tenure from 15 January 1989 until 27 February 1997. Leaving aside termination of the contractual tenancy, the statutory tenancy can only be unilaterally terminated by a landlord using the procedure under section 8 of the Housing Act 1988 (HA 1988), based on one of the mandatory or discretionary grounds in Schedule 2. See: Criteria for assured tenancy (AT) and Section 8

  2. Assured shorthold tenancy (AST): a type of AT with reduced security of tenure which, since 28 February 1997, has been the main form of private residential security of tenure. Leaving aside termination of the contractual tenancy, the statutory tenancy can be terminated by a landlord using HA 1988, s 21 procedure, which does not require