Assured tenancy

A tenancy of a residential property granted by a private landlord, private registered provider or registered social landlord under section 1 of the Housing Act 1988 (HA 1988), under which a dwelling house is let as a separate dwelling and where:

  • The tenant, or each of the joint tenants, is an individual.

  • The tenant, or at least one of the joint tenants, occupies the dwelling house as his only or principal home.

  • The tenancy is not one that cannot be an assured tenancy, for example, because the landlord is a local authority (Schedule 1, HA 1988).

An assured tenancy created on or after 28 February 1997 will automatically be an assured shorthold tenancy (AST) unless the landlord has served a notice on the tenant stating that the tenancy will not be an AST.

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