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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:

Updated to reflect changes to best practice

Here are some of the key best practice changes:

New features following member feedback

The new agreement now allows landlords to:

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

The new NLA AST is available to download now from NLA Forms

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