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Assured Shorthold Tenancies 25 Years On – Time For A Change?


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Sure AST’s came into existence on the 15th of January 1989 but they weren’t the default tenancy back then. If a landlord wanted to create one they had to follow a specific legal procedure and serve a thing called a “Section 20 notice” along with the tenancy agreement, informing the tenant that it would be a short let only.

The trouble was that back then few landlords even knew what a Section 20 notice was, so people in housing advice land rarely saw them.

Government realised this by the mid-1990s so with the introduction of the Housing Act 1996 (Feb 28th 1997) the section 20 notice was ditched and the default tenancy became the AST.

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