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Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement

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Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement

THIS AGREEMENT is made on the date specified below BETWEEN the Landlord and Tenant. It is intended that the tenancy created by this Agreement is and shall be an Assured Shorthold Tenancy within the meaning of the Housing Acts.



("The Landlord")

Address of Landlord(s):

For the purposes of Section 48 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987, notices can be served at this address.
Please note that this address must be in England or Wales.


("The Tenant")

The dwellinghouse situated at and being :-

Together with the Fixtures, Furniture and Effects at the Property as specified in the Inventory signed by the parties. Term:

A term certain of months.

Commencing on the day of 2006.

Rent: £

Payable monthly in advance by equal calendar monthly payments on the day of every month during the term of this Agreement.

Terms &Conditions

1. The Landlord lets and the Tenant takes the property for the Term at the Rent payable as above.

2. This Agreement creates an Assured Shorthold Tenancy with in Part 1 Chapter II of the Housing Act 1988 and the provisions for the recovery of possession by the Landlord in Section 21 thereof apply accordingly, save where the Landlord serves a notice under paragraph 2 of Schedule 2A of that Act.

3.Where the context admits :-
(a) "The Landlord" includes the persons for the time being entitled in reversion expectant on the tenancy on the tenancy.

(b)"The Tenant" includes the persons deriving title under the Tenant.

(c) In this Agreement for all covenants made by the Tenant the masculine shall be deemed to include the feminine.

(d) References to the Property include references to any part or parts of the Property and to the Fixtures, Furniture and Effects or any part of them.

4. The Tenant agrees with the Landlord:-

Rent and Charges.

(4.1) To pay the rent in the manner agreed on the due date.

(4.2) To pay for water and sewerage, gas and electricity as demanded by the utility companies.

(4.3)To ensure that the telephone is placed in their name and that all bills are paid as demanded by the relevant companies.

(4.4) To not change utility companies without the permission of the Landlord.

(4.5) To be liable for the purchasing of Television Licenses at his/her own expense.

(4.6) To pay for the Council Tax or any such tax that may replace the Council Tax.


(4.7) To pay to the Landlord £ which will be held by the Landlord.

(4.8) No interest will be paid on the Deposit.

(4.9) The Deposit will be returned to the Tenant less any expenses incurred due to breaches of any obligation.

(4.10) The Deposit will be returned to the Tenant as soon as possible after the Tenancy has terminated.

Use of the Property.

(4.11) To not sub let the Property or assign the Tenancy.

(4.12) The Property will only be used as a single dwelling house.

(4.13) Not to undertake any business operations from the Property at all.

(4.14) Not to take any rental payments from any other person not on this Tenancy Agreement.

(4.15) Not allow anything unlawful to occur in the Property.

(4.16) Not allow any immoral acts to occur in the Property.

(4.17) Not create a nuisance to any other resident in neighbouring properties.

(4.18) Adhere to any “Headlease” that may be in operation.


(4.19) Not to alter or damage any of the Property structure.

(4.20) To keep the Property in a clean and habitable state.

(4.21) To notify the Landlord within reasonable time of any repairs that need to be carried out, whether caused by the Tenant or not.

(4.22) To pay for repairs that have been required to be carried out through negligence on the Tenant’s behalf.

(4.23) To ensure that all contracts and insurances are observed, as provided by the Landlord.

(4.24) Upon changing the locks, to ensure that the Landlord has been given copies of all keys.

(4.25) To allow the Landlord and or his contractors to enter the premises for the purposes of carrying out maintenance, upon being given 24 hours notice (unless in the case of an emergency).

(4.26) Not to fix any notices or signs to the exterior or interior of the Property so as to cause damage.

(4.27) To take all reasonable steps to avoid damage by frost.

(4.28) Not to cover or block any ventilation systems that are in place.

(4.29) To ensure that the smoke alarms are tested on a monthly basis and to replace batteries for such alarms as and when required.

(4.30) Not to cause any blockages to drains, sinks, pipes or baths.

(4.31) Not to introduce into the Property any portable heaters containing flammable liquids or gases without the Landlord’s written consent.

Other responsibilities.

(4.32) To forward any correspondence received at the Property that is addressed to the Landlord, including any notices that have been served in accordance with any statutes, orders, regulations by any lawful authority.

(4.33) Within the last two months of the Tenancy to allow the Landlord or his agent access to the Property for the purposes of showing to potential tenants. Such viewings can only take place upon the Tenant being given reasonable notice.

(4.34) To ensure that the Property is fully secured at all times when the Tenant is not in residence.

(4.35) Not to leave the Property uninhabited for a period of more than 28 consecutive days without first informing the Landlord in writing and giving the Landlord the right to enter the Premises for the purposes of checking the security and general upkeep.

(4.36) To pay the Landlord fully for any reasonable cost or damage that has been suffered by the Landlord as a consequence of any breaches of this Agreement.

(4.37) Where the Property has been left empty and rent has become due and no notice has been served to the Landlord, and it is deemed that the Tenant has no intention of returning, then the Landlord can take over the Property and re-let it.

Tenancy End.

(4.38) Will return the Property and the Contents in the same clean state or condition as they were at the commencement of the Tenancy.

(4.39) Will leave the Contents in close proximity to where they were at the beginning of the Tenancy.

(4.40) Will return the Keys of the Property to the Landlord on the agreed termination date.

(4.41) Will agree to compensate the Landlord for any costs incurred to secure the Property where the Tenant has failed to return the keys.

5. The Landlord Agrees With The Tenant That:

(5.1) The Tenant will have quiet enjoyment throughout the Tenancy.

(5.2) The Landlord will take action through the Courts or other lawful bodies against the Tenant should the Tenant be in breach of any part of this Agreement.

(5.3) To reimburse the Tenant any rent that has been paid should the Property become uninhabitable by fire or any other insured risk.

(5.4) To end the Tenancy through the courts should the rent be unpaid for a period of more than 14 days after it has fallen due or if the Tenants have failed to comply with the terms of this contract. Such action can only be taken through the normal Court procedures and only the Court can order the tenant to give up possession of the Property.

(5.5) The Landlord agrees to carry out any repairing obligations as required by section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (see notes on front page).

6. “The Landlord” is any person or persons or company that have a legal interest in the Property during any period of the Tenancy.

7. “The Tenant” includes those who might inherit this Tenancy. Where there is more than one Tenant then all the obligations and covenants can be enforced jointly or individually. This means that anyone Tenant can be held liable for the full amount of rent in the absence of any other.

8. Where notice to quit is served by the Tenant then this is done so on the grounds that all the Tenants wish to leave the Property on the agreed date and that no one Tenant may remain in the Property without agreeing to pay the full amount of rent.

9. The Parties Agree:

(9.1) Notice is hereby given that possession might be recovered under Ground 1 Schedule 2 of the Housing Act 1988 if applicable. That is, that the Landlord used to live in the Property as his or her main home; or intends to occupy the Property as his or her main home.

(9.2) The Tenancy may be brought to an end if the mortgage requires possession on default of the borrower under Ground 2, Schedule 2 of the Housing Act 1988.

(9.3) Before the Landlord can end this Tenancy, he shall serve any notices on the Tenant in accordance with the provisions of the Housing Acts. Such notices shall be sufficiently served if served in accordance with section 196 of the Law of Property Act 1925. See notes at the beginning.

10. The Property is let together with any special conditions listed in the First Schedule attached hereto.

11. English law shall apply to this Agreement.

IN WITNESS whereof this Agreement has been executed on the day and year written above.

Landlord Name (names):
Tenant Name (names):
The Landlord The Tenant
In the presence of: In the presence of:
Witness Signature:
Witness Signature):
Print Name: Print Name:
Address: Address: