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The Law Society - Conveyancing

16

Jan

2018

Assured Shorthold Tenancy – 6+month Terms

There is still a common misconception that an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (‘AST’) must run for a minimum of six months.  This misconception appears to be routed in the Housing Act 1988 which created the first AST and required a minimum six month term.  However, this requirement was abolished for all tenancies from March 1997, meaning that the minimum period no longer applied, and an AST can simply work as a periodic tenancy.

Where a Section 21 Notice is to be served on a tenant, this cannot be achieved in the first four months of a new tenancy.  In addition,  a possession order can only be granted by the Court in the case that a tenant has been in occupation for a minimum of six months at the date of the hearing, if the possession is sought on the basis of a s21 Notice.

Our team of expert conveyancing solicitors are happy to offer advice on all forms of Assured Shorthold and other Tenancies, and assist with the service of notices in this regard.  Please contact Judith Bleetman or Nikki Salih at our East Barnet office for more information on 0208 441 1556

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