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Assured Shorthold Tenancies
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Posted by: petewebb, on 05/11/2012, in category "Tenancy types"
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Summary: Assured shorthold tenancies (often referred to as shorthold tenancies or AST's)

Assured Shorthold Tenancies

These tenancies are often referred to as shorthold tenancies or AST’s and  offer more protection to tenants than Starter tenancies.

Shorthold tenancies usually have a term of between 6 and 12 months and have to be renewed by the landlord at the end of the term. These tenancies are regulated by the Housing Act 1988. Assured shorthold tenants are afforded protection from illegal eviction under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977.

The landlord has the right to terminate the tenancy by using a "section 21 notice", which in practice results in a minimum notice period of 2 months. There is no minimum length for which an assured shorthold tenancy may be granted and a section 21 notice can be served at any time. However, when court proceedings are based on the Section 21 Notice the court cannot order the tenant to give up possession earlier than six months from the beginning of the tenancy. Where one assured shorthold tenancy follows another, the tenant is protected for only 6 months from the beginning of the first tenancy under which the premises were occupied.

One condition of such a tenancy is the tenant/s must have exclusive possession of at least one room and occupy the dwelling as an only or principal home.

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