Assured shorthold tenancy agreement (AST): furnished flat
This is an assured short hold tenancy agreement template ( AST ) that allows a landlord to let a furnished or part-furnished flat to one or more tenants on a joint and several liability basis. It is written in plain English, with full provisions including guarantor and a choice of over 30 covenants that control how the tenant must maintain the flat.
About this assured shorthold tenancy agreement
Most houses and flats are let using an assured shorthold tenancy agreement (commonly referred to as an AST) such as this one.
This document has been written by a barrister, who specialises in residential tenancy law. It is a long form version of a tenancy agreement, drawn to give the landlord maximum control over the terms of the tenancy. At just short of 2,000 words in plain English, this agreement will reduce the grounds for complaints and misunderstandings with your tenants because your legal position will be fully covered.
The law in this tenancy agreement
There are many assured shorthold tenancy agreements on the Internet, varying in price and quality. Most are short form, around 500 words (a quarter of the size of this one), and cover only the basic terms to create a tenancy. As a landlord, you will know that the purpose of an agreement is to protect you against whatever might go wrong. The more comprehensive a tenancy agreement is, the more it defines rights (in this agreement, favouring you as a landlord) and leaves less room for subjective interpretation by your tenant or a judge.
This assured shorthold tenancy agreement complies with the Housing Act 1988, the Housing Act 1996 and the Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme introduced in April 2007.
This document was updated on 2 April 2013 to reflect the availability of new insurance based tenant deposit protection schemes.
When to use this assured shorthold tenancy agreement
This agreement should be used by a landlord wishing to rent one or more properties under the following circumstances. It is ideal for buy-to-let, and can be reused for multiple properties.
- Rent between £1,000 and £100,000 per year
- Short tenancy period: 6 months to a maximum of 6 years
- One or more tenants jointly responsible for paying the whole rent
- The tenant(s) is a private individual and not a company
- The whole property will be let to one or more tenants under a single agreement
- The property will be used for residential purposes only (not business or agriculture)
- Only the tenants will live in the flat (the landlord will live elsewhere)
The tenancy agreement holds the tenants jointly and severally liable for the tenancy (all tenants are jointly responsible for payment of rent and not individual shares).
Tenancy agreement features and contents
- Basic provisions common to all assured shorthold tenancy agreements
- Guarantor: essential if tenant is not in full employment
- Agent: should the landlord wish to appoint someone to act on his behalf
- Rent: by default paid monthly in advance, but the terms can be changed
- Deposit by tenant
- Deposit Protection Details (provisions in line with the Deposit Protection Regulations)
- Landlord's access: to view or show prospective lenders or buyers
- Landlord's choice of 30 tenant's “promises” setting out what tenant can and cannot do
- An inventory (provided in the document, with explanatory notes on how to use)
- Includes sensible, practical provisions
- Fair to both parties but drawn primarily to protect the interest of the landlord. It is for a tenant to challenge those paragraphs which may not suit his circumstances
Other versions of this assured shorthold tenancy agreement
We have four versions of this assured shorthold tenancy agreement. This one covers a furnished or part-furnished flat. Options also include agreements for unfurnished properties and for houses:
Assured shorthold tenancy agreement (AST): unfurnished flat
Assured shorthold tenancy agreement (AST): furnished house, (Also suitable for part-furnished houses)
Assured shorthold tenancy agreement (AST): unfurnished house
As well as providing this as a Word format template that you complete yourself, we offer a web based drafting service that will create an assured shorthold tenancy agreement for you without you needing to consider the legal aspects of letting. The final document that the service produces uses the same legal wording as this one (this agreement has been drafted using the same master document that the web based service uses) and, just like this agreement, you have the flexibility to edit it in Word later. The difference is in the time it takes to produce your agreement. Using the service, you could have your final agreement in your hands in 15 minutes. The price is very comparable. For more information, visit residential tenancy agreement drafting service.
This document is drawn and maintained by qualified lawyers at Net Lawman. It is real law in plain English.
Buy from Net Lawman
Read what other customers thought about this document.
Reasons to buy from Net Lawman
Guaranteed to be the right document
This document comes with a full money back guarantee. You take no risk that it might not be right for your situation. Once you buy it, we’ll give you 30 days to evaluate it in any way you want. If for any reason it's not right, just e-mail us and we’ll refund your money in full immediately. Read more about our guarantee policy.
Every document is drawn by an experienced, qualified lawyer and reviewed by another - just as in any law practice. We incorporate changes to the law quickly so that our documents are up to date. Read more about how we draw our documents.
Real world experience added
As much as possible, our documents and guidance notes incorporate practical angles that only lawyers with commercial experience could include. Our drafting team have not just many years experience advising clients in practice, but also have the experience owning and managing businesses in a wide variety of industries. Our documents aim to give you an edge as well as achieving a legal outcome. Read more about the Net Lawman team.
We write our documents in language that everyone (and not just lawyers) can understand. Not only does this make your task of editing the document easier, but it also decreases the likelihood of another party breaking or disputing the agreement on the grounds of not having understood the terms. Read more about why plain English is important in legal documents.
Easy to use, even if you have no legal knowledge
Many of our customers are lawyers, but our documents don't require you to be one. Wherever it may be needed, our guidance notes explain the purpose of each paragraph, whether we recommend changing it, and what you might like to consider before you do so.
Our view is that, when editing our documents, you shouldn't have to worry about how to add legal wording. So our documents consider a far greater range of issues than our average customer will need, and because we avoid cross referencing paragraphs, we make it easy for you simply to delete what you don't need without affecting the rest of the document.
Support from lawyers if you need it
Our legal team is on hand to help customise a document in an unusual circumstances, or even to draft a document from scratch. Read more about our contract drafting service.
Buy once and reuse
When you buy a document from us, we grant you a licence to use it again. Keep the master copy safe and create new child documents from it whenever you need them. This applies to lawyers in practice as well as individuals and businesses.
Document download and delivery
Immediately after payment, you can download your document from our website. We also deliver immediately by email, but delivery is out of our hands and may take a few minutes.
Contact us about this document
If you have any questions about this document that we don't answer in the text above, please contact us and let us know how we can help. We aim to reply within 24 hours.
Leave feedback about this page
If you have noticed a bug or a mistake on this page, or just want to give us feedback, we'd love to know. Nothing is too small or too big. Send your message on this feedback page.
Assured shorthold tenancy agreement (AST): unfurnished flatPrice £14.00 Format Available: Read More
Assured shorthold tenancy agreement (AST): furnished housePrice £14.00 Format Available: Read More
What our clients say about us...
"First class . Written in accessible English - consistently to "you" and rendered down to the true essentials. Saved a great deal of time!"
"Very comprehensive and easy to read documents. Highly recommend."
"Efficient & fast way to create legal docs."