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Where a tenant rents a property under an agreement entitled assured shorthold tenancy (AST) Agreement and all the AST criteria are met apart from the rent, which is at £60 a year, what type of tenancy does the tenant hold? How can the landlord obtain possession of the property?

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Produced in partnership with Alexander Campbell of Field Court Chambers
Published on LexisPSL on 16/12/2020

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  • Where a tenant rents a property under an agreement entitled assured shorthold tenancy (AST) Agreement and all the AST criteria are met apart from the rent, which is at £60 a year, what type of tenancy does the tenant hold? How can the landlord obtain possession of the property?

Where a tenant rents a property under an agreement entitled assured shorthold tenancy (AST) Agreement and all the AST criteria are met apart from the rent, which is at £60 a year, what type of tenancy does the tenant hold? How can the landlord obtain possession of the property?

An assured shorthold tenancy (AST) is a type of assured tenancy.

The concept of the assured tenancy was created by the Housing Act 1988 (HA 1988). HA 1988, s 1(1) sets out the conditions which must be satisfied for a tenancy to be an assured tenancy:

'A tenancy under which a dwelling-house is let as a separate dwelling is for the purposes of this Act an assured tenancy if and so long as—

  1. the tenant or, as the case may be, each of the joint tenants is an individual; and

  2. the tenant or, as the case may be, at least one of the joint tenants occupies the dwelling-house as his only or principal home; and

  3. the tenancy is

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