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Assured shorthold tenancies

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The assured shorthold tenancy, a type of assured tenancy. The special features of an assured shorthold tenancy that differentiate it from an assured tenancy, including how a landlord can regain possession.

The information about assured tenancies in the section on Assured tenancies also applies to assured shorthold tenancies, so this section should be read in conjunction with that one.

Definition of an AST

Assured shorthold tenancy, and the difference between an assured shorthold and assured tenancy. The background behind the creation of this type of tenancy, and an explanation of fixed-term and periodic tenancies. 

Requirements of an assured shorthold tenancy created on or after 28 February 1997

How to identify an assured shorthold tenancy created on or after 28 February 1997. 

Requirements of an assured shorthold tenancy created between 15 January 1989 and 27 February 1997

How to identify an assured shorthold tenancy created between 15 January 1989 and 27 February 1997. 

Rights to remain on expiry of fixed term

The rights tenants have to remain in occupation of a property when a fixed term ends. 

How to end an assured shorthold tenancy

Ending an assured shorthold tenancy. 

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