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Who Can Use An AST Tenancy Agreement?

Different tenancy agreements are offered for renting and the most well-known arrangement is the assured shorthold Tenancy Agreement (AST).

Here’s a quick outline of what you should to be aware of before you sign your name on the dotted line

What is it?

It’s the most commonly used contract for tenancies that is used, with the majority new tenancies automatically being transferred to this contract. When you move in, you’ll be required to sign a tenancy agreement that generally lasts for one year.

The contract outlines the amount of rent you are required to pay and who is accountable for any damages or repairs and the length of the lease. At the beginning of the agreement you’re bound to paying the agreed-upon instalments on the agreed date.

Who can benefit from it?

In order to be considered an AST tenancy agreement, all of the below must be met:

The property should be kept private.
The date of commencement was at or after the 15th January 1989.
This property serves as the tenant’s primary residence.
The landlord doesn’t live at the property.

A tenancy agreement is not an AST because of these reasons

The tenancy was ratified or was signed prior to 15th January 1989.
The rent is lower than PS250 per year (less than PS1,000 in London)
The rent is more than PS100,000 annum.
It is an apartment for a weekend lets
It is also a councilor from the local area.
It’s a business tenancy , or licensed space

What are the benefits?

With an AST, the tenant is able to stay in the rented property until the time the fixed term expires. The only way a lease can be terminated premature end is when the landlord proves to the court that they can present an argument that is strong enough to warrant expulsion e.g. damage to the property or inability to pay rent.

An AST gives tenants the right to…

Require repairs to be completed
Get the security of the deposit scheme for tenancy
Respect and be treated without discrimination based on race, gender sexuality, disability, or gender
At least 24 hours’ notice in writing from the owner or the letting agent in case they want for a visit to the home (except in emergencies)

Why should you choose an AS?

Below we have listed some other lease agreements:

Non-assured shorthold leases are the case when landlords are not required to provide notice of termination the tenancy
Excluded tenants are landlords who live with tenants e.g. lodgers)
Assured tenancies are used primarily by housing associations
Tenancies that are regulated (used prior to 1989)
Companies let (when the property is rented out to a business and not an individual tenant)

An assured shorthold tenancy contract is the most appropriate option to take as it does not only grant the rights to tenancy mentioned above, but also lets tenants can rest assured knowing that rent can’t increase without consent throughout the term of the agreement.