How long does an AST Last?
Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements are normally arranged for an initial six month period, but can be agreed for a longer period, e.g. twelve months. An AST allows the Tenant to remain in the property for the first six months, or initial fixed period.
What the Law Says for Tenants
The law says that your Landlord has to keep the Structure and Exterior of the Property in good repair. This includes, the roof, guttering, walls (but this doesn't include internal decoration), windows and doors.
Your landlord must also keep the equipment for the supply of gas, electricity, heating, water and sanitation in good repair. Your landlord may have extra responsibilities to repair depending on what your tenancy agreement says.
You are responsible for looking after the property. This might include unblocking a sink or changing a fuse when necessary. You may also have other responsibilities depending on what your tenancy agreement says.
Your landlord must have a valid gas safety certificate for any gas appliances in the property. Any furniture provided should be fire resistant.
If your accommodation needs repairs, inform your landlord or agent. If the repairs are your landlord's responsibility and are not done there may be ways you can force your landlord to carry out the work. However, as assured shorthold tenants can be evicted fairly easily, your landlord may to prefer to evict you rather than carry out expensive repairs. Get advice if you are in this situation.
Why Use Our AST Agreement?
Our AST Agreement offers the following benefits:
Save the Tenancy Agreement – Enabling you to store the agreement on your computer
Complete On-Screen – Meaning you no longer have to hand-write the agreement out.
Easy to Understand – The agreement is written in plain English
Constantly Developed – As soon as Housing Law is changed, our tenancy agreement is updated.
Completion Instructions – are available to assist you in completing the tenancy agreement.