Assured shorthold tenancies

The most common form of tenancy is an Assured shorthold tenancies (AST). Most new market rent tenancies are automatically this type.

A tenancy can be an AST if all of the following apply:

  • Your landlord is a private landlord or housing association
  • The tenancy started on or after 15 January 1989
  • The property is your main accommodation
  • Your landlord doesn’t live in the property

A tenancy can’t be an AST if:

  • It began or was agreed before 15 January 1989
  • The rent is more than £100,000 a year
  • The rent is less than £250 a year (less than £1,000 in London)
  • It’s a business tenancy or tenancy of licensed premises
  • It’s a holiday let
  • The landlord is a local council