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Assured shorthold tenancies

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Features of an assured shorthold tenancy that differentiate it from an assured tenancy, including how a landlord can regain possession.

Assured shorthold tenancy definition

Background behind the creation of assured shorthold tenancy as a type of assured tenancy, and explanation of fixed-term and periodic tenancies. 

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

Basic requirements for an assured shorthold tenancy created after 27 February 1997, and tenancies that cannot be assured shorthold tenancies. 

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

Assured shorthold tenancy was created if it had a fixed term of at least six months, no break clause and a landlord served a notice in the prescribed form. 

Rights to remain on expiry of fixed term

The rights tenants have to remain in occupation of a property when an assured shorthold tenancy (AST) fixed term ends. 

How to end an assured shorthold tenancy

An assured shorthold tenancy can be ended by the landlord or tenant or if the tenancy stops being assured. 

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