This is the most commonly used form. It can be used for houses and flats i.e. self contained units. It can also be used where a house or flat is rented as a whole to a group such as groups of students, young professionals etc. On the other hand, if you are renting out individual rooms then normally the Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement – Room Only is the appropriate form.
There is a separate version for use if you are protecting a deposit with DepositGuard. You must use the DepositGuard Compliant Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement
The tenancy created by this agreement is an assured shorthold tenancy within the Housing Act 1988.
Any deposit paid must be protected under one of the Government approved tenancy deposit schemes.
You can use the Section 21 procedure to obtain possession. In the event of tenancy arrears or other tenancy breach you will need to serve a Section 8 notice (e.g. relying Ground 8 for rent arrears).
To avoid potentially successful unfair terms challenges, the RLA recommends that a new guarantor form should be provided to the guarantor for their signature prior to every new tenancy. This includes renewing an existing tenancy (or when you expressly agree to extend a tenancy).
For more information on guarantor obligations and cancellation rights please see the explanatory guide attached to the RLA guarantor forms here.
Is this the correct Tenancy Agreement for you? Read the RLA Guide to Tenancy Agreements.
The tenancy agreement is a legally binding document and is critical to your tenancy - clearly defining the obligations and responsibilities between the Landlord and the Tenant.
The RLA Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement (AST) offers the following benefits:
Are you entering a Tenancy Agreement with a new tenant for a property for which a Green Deal charge is payable?
If so - the Tenancy Agreement must contain a prescribed form of acknowledgement under which the tenant agrees to pay off the Green Deal charge.
If you fail to comply you may well have to repay the full Green Deal charge. The Green Deal has only recently been introduced so it will take time before there are many properties where energy efficiency improvements have been carried out giving Green Deal Finance. Green Deal Finance is repaid via a charge on the electricity meter.
Where a new tenant becomes the bill payer, they must be given a copy of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) giving details of the Green Deal before they view the property or at the first viewing and then sign the required acknowledgement in the Tenancy Agreement itself to say that they agree to pay the ongoing Green Deal charges.
If you are in this situation then the wording you need to insert is available here on the government’s website. Alternatively please contact the Landlord Advice Team for assistance. - Last updated, February 2013
If there is any uncertainty as to whether the prospective tenant is aged 18 or over you must check. Obtain a copy of their birth certificate/other proof of age. If you let someone under 18 use this agreement it could be much more difficult to obtain possession (e.g. due to rent arrears or because the tenancy has run out, whilst they remain under the age of 18).
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