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Assured Shorthold Tenancy; Assured shorthold; Assured shorthold tenancies; Ast agreement

shorthold      
¦ adjective English Law denoting a tenancy whereby the tenant agrees to rent a property for a stated term, at the end of which the landlord may recover it.
Assured shorthold tenancy         
The assured shorthold tenancy (AST) is the default legal category of residential tenancy in England and Wales. It is a form of assured tenancy with limited security of tenure, which was introduced by the Housing Act 1988 and saw an important default provision and a widening of its definition made by the Housing Act 1996.

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Assured shorthold tenancy

The assured shorthold tenancy (AST) is the default legal category of residential tenancy in England and Wales. It is a form of assured tenancy with limited security of tenure, which was introduced by the Housing Act 1988 and saw an important default provision and a widening of its definition made by the Housing Act 1996. Since 28 February 1997 in respect of accommodation to new tenants who are new to their landlords, the assured shorthold tenancy has become the most common form of arrangement that involves a private residential landlord. The equivalent in Scotland is short assured tenancy.

Examples of use of shorthold
1. The new landlord rents the property back with a six–month assured shorthold tenancy agreement (AST), which enables them to legally end the tenancy after six months, throwing out the former owners and re–letting the property for a higher monthly rent.‘ The National Association of Estate Agents has received phone calls from worried owners seeking advice about these quick–fix advertisements and leaflets.