Assured and short assured tenancies

Assured tenancy

If a home is rented from a private landlord or a letting agency then it will probably be an assured tenancy if:

  • the tenancy started after 2 January 1989, and
  • before the tenancy commenced, the tenants were not given a AT5 notice stating that it was to be a short assured tenancy, and
  • it is rented out as a home, and
  • it is the tenant/s only or main home.

Landlords need to follow the correct procedure in order to gain possession of the property back.

Short assured tenancy

If you rent your home from a private landlord or a letting agency then it will probably be a short assured tenancy if:

  • the tenancy started after 2 January 1989, and
  • the property is rented as a home, and
  • it is the only or main home of the tenant/s, and
  • the tenants were served with an AT5 notice before the tenancy started telling then that it is a short assured tenancy, and
  • the tenancy is for a period of at least six months.

Landlords need to follow the correct procedure to gain possession of the property; this includes giving two clear months notice.

The City of Edinburgh council have a model tenancy agreement that landlords can use if they are setting up a assured or short assured tenancy.

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