Assured shorthold tenancy agreement (AST): flat
Use this template to create a tenancy agreement for a furnished or part-furnished flat. Written by a barrister who specialises in this area of law, it provides high levels of legal protection and control. Our use of plain English throughout makes editing easy and helps ensure tenants meet their obligations. It is ideal for buy-to-let, and can be reused for multiple properties.
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Create a tenancy agreement for your flat
This template allows you to create an assured shorthold tenancy (AST) agreement - the most common type for letting a flat. It is based on our standard template, and partially edited in order to save you time.
Strong legal protection for landlords
Residential tenancy law favours the tenant rather than the landlord. No agreement can get round that. As a landlord, the key to letting safely is to have a document that protects your rights as strongly as possible within the framework of the law. This document is written by a barrister who specialises in residential tenancy law to protect you, the landlord.
Comprehensive menu of options to suit all tenancies
No tenancy is quite the same - each situation requires different terms. This agreement goes further than most others.
In this document, we give you a large choice of over 35 tenant promises and restrictions so that you can customise your agreement exactly how you want it. Of course, you can also choose to keep in or take out terms that you would expect to be in such a template but might not need (such as a provision for guarantor and provision to use a separate managing agent) and you are given a choice to select which of the tenant deposit protection schemes you will be using.
Easy to edit and understand
Because of the structure of the document, deleting what you don’t want is simple. Our extensive drafting notes explain more technical points.
Our use of plain English language means that your tenant can never say it was not clear.
No need for a separate guarantor agreement
Many AST templates available on the Internet require you to buy a separate agreement to bring in a guarantor. We include provisions for a guarantor within the document making a separate agreement unnecessary.
Additional included letters and forms make management even simpler
To make property management easier, we have included additional commonly used forms and letters:
Draft inventory form (with explanatory notes on how to use)
Cold weather letter to remind tenants to ventilate and heat the property
Smoke and carbon monoxide detector release letter and form
Is this agreement suitable?
The basic qualifying conditions for an AST are:
- rent between £1,000 and £100,000 per year
- short tenancy period: 6 months to a maximum of 6 years
- the tenant(s) is a private individual and not a company
- the property will be used for residential purposes only (not business or agriculture)
- tenants have exclusive occupation of the property let under the agreement
Alternative tenancy documents
AST agreements for other types of property
Each of our AST agreement templates is edited for a particular type of property to save you extra work. This document has been customised for a furnished flat.
If you are letting a furnished or part furnished house, see this one.
If you live in the same property
If you (the landlord) also live at the property (for example, you are renting a room in your home), you should use a residential licence agreement and not an AST. A licence agreement gives the tenant far fewer rights and allows you to give less notice to the tenant to move out. You retain greater control.
We also stock a full range of less commonly used tenancy agreements for situations where an AST is not appropriate. See our article on how to choose the right type of agreement.
This is a comprehensive template that also includes additional forms and letters. Some of the most important provisions include:
- Guarantor: essential if the tenant is not in full employment
- Provision for you to use an agent (perhaps you are the agent)
- Rent deposit provisions and explanation for the tenant
- Landlord's access: to view or show prospective lenders or buyers
- Menu of over 40 tenant's covenants (promises) setting out what the tenant can and cannot do
The law relating to the document
This agreement complies with the Housing Act 1988, the Housing Act 1996, the Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme introduced in April 2007 and updates since then, including the availability of new insurance based tenant deposit protection schemes in April 2013.
This document was written by a solicitor for Net Lawman. It complies with current English law.
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By Adam Stuttle 19 October 2015
Clear and consice documentation with useful guidance notes.
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By Martin Lindsay 02 January 2014
Good document, well explained, and thank you for sending alternative format to Zip when requested.
By Matt Boon 24 November 2013
Document is bang up to date including use of email for communications between parties (who writes letter anymore?) and current deposit protection schemes. All options are catered for and explanatory text is well written and straightforward. Also, nice to see a legal document in plain English that everyone can understand.
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Some times "legal" language can seem difficult to understand. Thanks for your innovative service.
Net Lawman responds 09 December 2013
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