On 1 December 2017 a new type of tenancy will come into force, called the private residential tenancy, this will replace assured and short assured tenancy agreements for all new tenancies. Find out more

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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