What is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy?

What is an assured shorthold tenancy?

The assured shorthold tenancy (AST) is the most common form of agreement in the private rented sector (PRS).

It should be used wherever the following conditions are met -

  • The rent is between £250 and £100,000 per annum
  • The tenants are people rather than an organisation such as a company
  • The property will be the tenant's main home
  • The landlord does not live in the same property as the tenant.

This page provides a number of our assured shorthold tenancies, as well as answering some frequently asked questions on what your obligations are when creating an AST.

What ASTs are available to NRLA members?

To provide as much flexibility as possible to you, NRLA members have access to four different variations of the assured shorthold tenancy agreement. Each one is suitable for a different situation -

  • Standard Joint AST - this agreement is to be used where you are renting out the entire property using one agreement. This agreement is designed to be used with or without a security deposit.
  • Standard Room-only AST - you should use this agreement if you are renting out your property by the room with or without a security deposit.
  • Zero Deposit Joint AST - this should be used if you are renting out the whole property in one agreement, and your tenant has agreed to use Zero Deposit's alternative deposit instead of offering a security deposit.
  • Zero Deposit Room-Only AST - if you are renting out the property on a per-room basis and your tenant wishes to use Zero Deposit's alternative to a security deposit you should use this agreement.

Members only!

The remainder of this page is available exclusively to members of the NRLA.

As a member of the NRLA you will be able to download any of our documents including all of our versions of the AST, as well as an addendum for adding your own clauses. We also provide guidance on topics such as ending the agreement, deposit protection, and what else you need to provide to fulfill your legal obligations.

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