Residential and assured shorthold tenancy agreement (pack)

Residential and assured short-hold tenancy agreement (pack)

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In addition to the 'Assured shorthold tenancy agreement', this packs contains several useful documents, such as a reference request letter, a letter confirming the status of the tenant and a 'Notice under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988' document, which is required to give notice to tenants.

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  • Assured shorthold tenancy agreement
    This document should be used by landlords of a residential property to create a fixed-term assured shorthold tenancy agreement. Specific clauses are included to cover gas, electrical and fire safety and building maintenance. It is suitable for both regular lettings and Houses in Multiple Occupancy (HMO). The document deals with a landlord's requirement to use a Government-authorised Tenancy Deposit Protection scheme. Please note that this document can only be used in England & Wales and the total rent payable should be less than £100,000 per year.
  • Landlord's demand for rent
    This document is suitable for use by a landlord of business or residential property to request the payment of rent due from the tenant under the terms of the tenancy. It should not be used as a demand for service charges, the contents of which must generally satisfy further conditions which can vary greatly from lease to lease.
  • Letter from landlord confirming status of tenant
    Many tenants, particularly those from overseas, require a letter from their landlord confirming that they have a tenancy. This can be important in opening a bank account, gaining employment, and even joining a local library. This document creates a letter from a landlord confirming the status of a tenant. To use this document, you will need to have details of the lease to hand.
  • Letter requesting references for a prospective tenant
    This letter requests a reference from a referee put forward by a prospective tenant.
  • Notice to tenant(s) of deposit protection scheme
    Use this document to meet your legal requirements after taking a deposit from a tenant. It tells tenants which deposit protection scheme is used and, together with the scheme documents that must be provided with this notice, gives them the 'prescribed information' required by law.

    Protect the deposit and give this notice and the scheme documents to the tenant within 30 days of the tenant paying the deposit. At the same time, you should also send it (together with the scheme documents) to anyone who paid the deposit for the tenant and, in order to avoid any dispute, the tenant's guarantors (if any). This document is suitable for tenancies in England & Wales.

  • Notice under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988
    This document is the required notice under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. It is served on a property owner's tenant(s), where an assured shorthold tenancy has been granted and possession is required. It should be noted that it is a criminal offence to evict a tenant of residential property without a court order. This document can only be used in England & Wales.

Useful information

How do I give notice to my tenants?

If you have rented out your property under an 'Assured shorthold tenancy agreement', you are entitled to regain possession of it by notifying your tenant under the terms of Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 (known as a Section 21 Notice).

What is an assured shorthold tenancy agreement?

An 'Assured shorthold tenancy agreement' (AST) allows a landlord to let out a property to a tenant while retaining the right to repossess the property at the end of the term of the tenancy.

What is a deposit protection scheme?

By law, landlords taking deposits for assured shorthold tenancies are required to safeguard their tenants' deposits through the registration with an approved deposit protection scheme.

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