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Assured Shorthold Tenancies


The team of landlord and tenant solicitors at Percy Hughes & Roberts can help property owners with the drafting and creation of Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs). We have helped many landlords with all aspects of tenancy creation, and are well placed to offer advice.

From our offices in Birkenhead, we provide a comprehensive landlord and tenant service for clients in relation to residential and business leases. Contact us today by calling 0800 781 3894 or fill out an online enquiry form and we will be in touch at a time that is suitable for you.

What is an AST?

ASTs are the most common form of tenancy. Most new tenancies are automatically this type, and fall into this category if all of the following apply:

  • You are a private landlord or housing association
  • The tenancy started on or after 15th January 1989
  • The property is your tenants’ main accommodation
  • You don’t live in the property

Since 1999 all new residential tenancies are treated as AST’s unless the Landlord and Tenant have agreed otherwise. The position of tenancies created prior to 1999 is more complicated.

Contact Percy Hughes & Roberts

To speak to our property solicitors at Percy Hughes & Roberts, give us a call on 0800 781 3894, or complete the enquiry form on our contact page to send us a query by email.


The Deregulation Act 2015 (DA) introduced changes which came into force on the 1st October 2015 which apply only to Assured Shorthold Tenancies (AST) granted after this date. Read our guide to the changes.
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