Assured Shorthold Tenancy

Definition of an AST:

An Assured Shorthold Tenancy, also referred to as an AST, is a residential tenancy that provides the Landlord with an assured tenancy in that the Landlord has a guaranteed right to repossess his property at the end of the term, subject to the following:

An AST is the most frequently used form of residential tenancy and as from 28 February 1997 it also became the default or automatic form of tenancy in residential lettings.

Requirements for an AST:

The Housing Act 1988 as amended by the Housing Act 1996 provides the essential requirements for AST's. Some of the more important requirements include the following:

Exclusions from an AST:

The following are exclusions to AST's and are therefore not permitted to set up AST's:



For more information on the tenancy agreement for an AST, see The AST Agreement.

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