Assured shorthold tenancy agreement (AST): any property
This AST agreement can be used to let any residential property: a flat, a house or an individual room, whether furnished or unfurnished. It provides a high level of protection and control for the landlord.
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About this document
This agreement was originally written for us by a barrister specialising in residential property law. We now work closely with LandlordZone so that it is not only up-to-date with changes to the law, but so that it is also a pratical document suitable for any landlord.
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 makes sure your legal rights are protected fully.
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. We give you a large choice of over 40 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 to use a separate managing agent).
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 agreements available on the Internet require you to buy a separate contract to bring in a guarantor. We include provisions for a guarantor within the document making a separate one 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 (provided in the document, 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 type of agreement suitable for your letting?
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 is a private individual and not a company
- the property will be used for residential purposes only (not business or agriculture)
- the tenant has exclusive occupation of the property
Alternative tenancy documents
Agreements for specific types of property
We also sell versions of this AST agreements edited specifically for houses, flats and rooms in order to save you some work, as well as having online software that can draft your agreement for you. They can be found here.
If you live in the same property
If you (the landlord) also live at the property, you should use a residential licence agreement and not an AST. These give the tenant far fewer rights and allows you to give less notice to the tenant to move out. You retain greater control.
Other tenancy agreements
We also stock a full range of less commonly used tenancy agreements for situations where an AST is not appropriate. Search our site using the bar at the top of any page, or see our article on other types of agreement.
This is a comprehensive template that also includes additional forms and letters. Some of the most important provisions are:
- Guarantor: essential if tenant is not in full employment
- Provision for you to use an agent (perhaps you are the agent)
- Rent deposit provisions and explanation for tenant
- Landlord's access: to view or show prospective lenders or buyers
- Menu of over 40 tenant's covenants (promises) setting out what tenant can and cannot do
The law in this tenancy agreement
This document complies with the Housing Act 1988, the Housing Act 1996, the Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme introduced in April 2007 and updates since then.
This document was written by a solicitor for Net Lawman. It complies with current English law.
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