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Lorraine Dindi
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An Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement is a contract between a landlord and a tenant to let an identified property for a specified term at an agreed rate. 

It is unique since the landlord can evict the tenant without a reason. However, to do this the landlord must follow a special procedure and give adequate notice. 

Both parties undertake certain duties in regard to the property, rent, deposit, and repair. The tenant is required to seek the prior written consent of the landlord for some things, and the landlord must not unreasonably withhold consent. Depending on the term of the tenancy, there are various rules about termination. 

Features of Agreement 

  • Property and common parts
  • Term + termination
  • Rent and deposit
  • Joint and several liability
  • Service of notices
  • Possibility of periodic tenancy after term ends

The property

Tenant agrees to

  • Occupy it as their principal home.
  • Take reasonable care of the it and protect it from damage.
  • Not use property for illegal, immoral or antisocial purpose. 
  • Not do anything to which may be a nuisance to neighbours. 
  • Repair damages caused by them.
  • Promptly replace any broken glass.
  • Inform landlord of needs for repair. 
  • Inform landlord when away for more than 28 days.
  • Secure property when it is unoccupied.

Landlord agrees to

  • Give tenant possession of it at the beginning of tenancy.
  • Give tenant appropriate information for them to comply with agreement.
  • Not interrupt tenant’s right to quiet enjoyment of property.
  • Keep it and its installations in repair and proper working conditions.
  • Get a comprehensive insurance policy for property.
  • Give tenant notice before accessing property.
  • Store tenant’s possessions for one month after end of tenancy.

Tenant needs landlord’s consent to

  • Allow other adults stay at property.
  • Use the property for business purposes.
  • Keep pets at the property. 
  • Make alterations or redecorate. 
  • Assign or sublet the property.

Landlord must not unreasonably withhold consent

Tenant is liable 

  • To pay rent and other charges by the agreed date.
  • For interest on overdue rent.
  • To pay the deposit.

Landlord is entitled to

  • Increase rent where it is an option by serving a detailed notice.
  • Receive a deposit and put it in a deposit protection scheme.
  • Make reasonable deductions from deposit for certain purposes.

Termination

Tenant 

  • Return property in same condition except for wear and tear.
  • Remove all possessions.
  • Return key and give vacant possession.
  • Provide forwarding address.

Landlord 

  • May evict tenant without giving a reason.
  • Follow Housing Act 1988 procedures for notice.
  • Entitled to use break clauses in the Agreement.

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