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Or could I ask for it to be say 2 years, or does this change things for the owner??

Quote from Landlordzone (but DYOR!)

There is no maximum length but it is meant to be for a relatively short period otherwise why would it be called an Assured Shorthold Tenancy?

These are the defining lengths of the term where matters can change:-

  • For a term of 3 years or under it does not have to be witnessed and can be drawn up by a landlord & tenant quite simply.
  • Over 3 years then it does have to be signed as a deed and witnessed.
  • If you want to grant a tenancy of more than 7 years then you should use a tenancy at common law as you could make a tenant responsible for all repairs if you wanted to! (quite common in commercial tenancies). You would need to ensure it does not come under the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 or you could be stuck with the tenant.
  • For tenancies over 21 years then different rules apply.

The LL would probably want to put in a break clause in case you turn out to be the tenant from hell!

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