Tenancy Agreements – What You Need to Know
A tenancy agreement is a contract between a landlord and a tenant. The tenancy agreement sets down such things as what both the landlord and tenant are expected to do, what they cannot do and how the tenancy can be ended including a procedure for evictions.
The types of tenancy agreements that may be used in residential lettings, and what they include, are covered by several different laws.
The most common type of private residential tenancy agreement in England is the assured shorthold tenancy or AST for short. This was introduced by the Housing Act 1988 and this act regulates what an AST covers and the rights and obligations of landlords and tenants under it.
Other types of tenancy that might be encountered include assured tenancies, non-assured tenancies, excluded tenancies or licences, and regulated tenancies. These are much rarer than ASTs and are only used in limited circumstances. Some of them are historic tenancy agreements which still exist for old tenancies but which are no longer issued. These tenancies are covered by different acts, and place different rights and obligations on landlords and tenants.