NEW NLA Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement
Article Posted - 1st November 2017
Some landlords regularly review their tenancy agreements every year or when a tenant leaves, but others will use the same template year after year.
Having an up to date agreement is important to make sure your tenants understand their responsibilities and to protect your interests. It also helps reassure your tenants that you will stick to your side of the relationship and fulfil your obligations to them.
That's why we have recently reviewed the wording of the NLA Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement.
An Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) is the standard tenancy for all residential lettings in England and Wales with rent up to £100,000 per annum and fixed term of 7 years or less. It can also be used for letting shared houses (joint tenancies) and individual rooms. It cannot be used when letting to a company or charity, or by a landlord letting out a room in their own home.
The new NLA Assured Shorthold Tenancy is available to download now from NLA Forms. It has been updated to reflect recent changes to best practice and has also been informed by over 300 separate suggestions from members.
The new agreement is intended to be an evolution on the previous version. Most of the clauses and content remain the same, but we have made some changes including:
Clearer content to help your tenants understand their responsibilities
Here are some of the key content changes:
- The language has been updated to make the agreement easier to read while keeping the traditional style of a contract
- There is a new design and layout
- There is a definition of key terms
- Clauses have been rearranged under clear headings
Updated to reflect changes to best practice
Here are some of the key best practice changes:
- Inclusion of new inventory clauses to clarify the check-in and check-out process, and who pays for the reports.
- Clarification that the tenancy continues as a contractual periodic tenancy (rolling contract), if the landlord allows their tenant to stay in the property at the end of the fixed term.
- Reflect changes to Section 21 in England introduced by the Deregulation Act 2015, which allow landlords to give 2 months' notice during a periodic tenancy, without having to link the end date to the end of a rental period.
- Reference to obligations under the Right to Rent legislation.
New features following member feedback
The new agreement now allows landlords to:
- Exclude parts of the property from the tenancy
- Specify the number of children permitted to occupy the property
- Create a new tenancy where the deposit is already protected
- Include email addresses in the tenancy
We very much welcome any comments and feedback you may have about the new NLA AST and any changes you would like to see introduced into the new online wizard which will be created to support this. This could include additional clauses to the agreement or particular features or flexibility you would like to see in the new wizard.
If you have any comments or feedback please do let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The new NLA AST is available to download now from NLA Forms.
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