ASSURED SHORTHOLD TENANCY
AGREEMENT FOR A
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This agreement is made on: Today’s Date
landlord: Name all landlords including title, first and last names (The “Landlord”)
Of: Address Line 1
Landlord’s Agent: The Name of the Estate Agent acting for the Landlord. (if any)
Tenant: Name all tenants including title, first and last names (The “Tenant”)
Of: Address Line 1
Property: The residential property known as Full Postal address of the property to be let
including any communal parts, fixtures, fittings, soft furnishings and other items
as listed in the inventory signed by the landlord and tenant.
Rent: £xxx.xx per week. Being £yyyy.yy per calendar month of the term.
Deposit: The Tenant will give to the landlord when signing this Agreement a Certificate of
Guarantee provided by TenantDeposit.com in place of a deposit.
Term: The term of number months. Being 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008
Break Clause: It is hereby agreed that the tenant and or landlord shall have the right to terminate
this agreement by serving upon the other not less than sixty days written notice
sent by recorded delivery. Such notice not to expire prior to 30 June 2008 being
not less than six months from the start of this Agreement (delete as necessary)
Payment: £yyyy.yy in advance by standing order payable to the landlord’s/agent’s account
on the 1 day of every month without deduction, delay or withholding of any kind.
Account Details: Bank Name: HSBC/Barclays etc.
Bank Address: Postal address of the bank
Sort Code: 00-00-00
Account No.: 00000000
1. It is hereby Agreed:
1.1. The tenancy created by this agreement is and shall be an assured shorthold tenancy as defined
by the Housing Act 1988 as amended by the Housing Act 1996.
1.2. The landlord agrees to let the Property to the tenant for the Term at the Rent.
1.3. The Tenant agrees to take the Property for the full Term subject to any Break Clause at the Rent
and make Payment without deduction, undue delay or withholding of any kind.
1.4. The expression “the landlord” shall apply to the person or persons who is the for the time being
entitled to the reversionary interest in the Property on determination of the Term.
1.5. Where “the Landlord” or “the Tenant” comprise two or more persons, the obligations made by or
with them under this agreement shall be considered jointly and severally liable. For the
absence of doubt if there is more than one Tenant each Tenant will be liable for all sums due
under the agreement and not liable for a proportional part thereof.
1.6. Words importing the masculine gender include the feminine gender, and words importing the
singular include the plural and vice versa.
1.7. Any obligation upon either the Landlord or Tenant not to do any act shall include an obligation not
to permit or allow the doing of such act by a third party.
2. The Tenant Hereby Agrees:
2.1. To pay the Rent on the days prescribed in the Payment and in the manner specified by the
2.2. To pay promptly to the relevant authorities or supplier to whom they are due all “Outgoings”
including any new or replacement charges imposed after the date of this agreement.
Outgoings include, Council Tax, Water and Sewage Charges whether metered or by standing
charge, Gas, Electric, Fuel Oil, Light, Telecommunications charges (including television
license, line rental, broadband and cable or satellite television subscriptions) and any other
charge that may become payable by law by the occupier of the Property.
2.3. To ensure all accounts issued by relevant authorities and or suppliers are issued and made out to
the Tenant for the Duration of the Term.
2.4. To pay for the reconnection or resumption of any services disconnected either by default of
payment or specific instruction by the Tenant whether during or at the end of the Term.
2.5. Not to damage, make alterations or additions to the Property. Any redecorations, changes,
alterations or additions to the property are to be made only with the prior written consent of the
Landlord or his Agent.
2.6. Not to leave the property vacant for more than 21 consecutive days without first giving written
notice to the Landlord of the intention to do so and to properly secure all locks and other
security devices fitted to the Property when leaving the property unattended.
2.7. To pay all charges for a monitored alarm or other security system at the Property together with
any “call out” charges resulting from activation of the alarm or security system.
2.8. To keep the Property in good tenantable repair and condition by:
2.8.1. Advising the landlord of any defects and disrepair in or at the Property for which the
Landlord is liable.
2.8.2. Keeping the Interior of the Property and any paint, wallpaper, decoration, firplaces,
window fixings, sash cords, glass and door furniture in good repair.
2.8.3. Keeping cleaned and free from obstruction any and all gutters, downpipes, drains,
sanitary ware, water and waste pipes.
2.8.4. Making good promptly and to a similar standard all damages and breakages to the
Property that may occur during the Term and to inform the landlord of any such work
2.8.5. Replacing promptly all broken glass with the same quality glass where the Tenant his
family or visitors caused the breakage.
2.8.6. Keeping the Property sufficiently aired and heated at all times during the Term to prevent
damp and frost damage to any part of the Property.
2.8.7. Use reasonable endeavors to keep the Property free of pests and vermin and to advise
the landlord promptly of any infestation.
2.8.8. Returning the property in a clean tenantable state at the end of the Term, including the
professional cleaning of carpets, curtains, linens bedding and upholstery.
2.8.9. Maintaining the garden (if any) of the Property clean and tidy and to mow any lawns as
often as is necessary, to keep flower beds free from weeds, trim hedges and not to lop,
cut down, remove or otherwise injure any trees, shrubs or plants in such a way as to alter
the character of the Property.
2.9. To insure their own property and possessions, public liability and any items or possessions
brought onto the premises by others.
2.10. Not to install or change or alter any locks at the Property without the Landlord’s written consent
and to provide the Landlord with a set of keys immediately upon replacement.
2.11. To use the Property only for the purposes of a private residence.
2.12. Not to underlet, share, or part with possession or occupation of the Property or any part of it.
2.13. Not to assign the Tenancy without prior written consent from the Landlord, such consent not to
be unreasonably withheld by the Landlord who may require the Tenant to enter into a
Guarantee of the assignee’s compliance with this Tenancy Agreement.
2.14. Not to use the Property or allow the Property to be used for any profession, business, trade,
illegal, immoral or improper purpose.
2.15. Not to do or permit any such act as may be a nuisance, damage or annoyance to the Landlord
or to the occupiers of neighboring properties or which may void any insurance of the Property
or cause premiums to increase.
2.16. Not to keep any animals, birds, fish reptiles, or any other living creatures on or within the
Property without the landlord’s written consent for that individual creature such consent to be
revocable upon notice at any time.
2.17. Not to keep any explosive or flammable materials that may endanger the Property.
2.18. Not to engage any contractor or otherwise on behalf of the landlord, save in the event of
emergency that would result in significant damage to the property, without the landlords written
2.19. Not to keep, park or store any boat, caravan or commercial vehicle at or near the Property.
2.20. To forward without delay any correspondence addressed to the Landlord which is delivered to
the Property or inform the landlord of any notice that may impact on the property and or
Landlord which may be served on the Tenant or left at the Property or otherwise comes to the
2.21. Upon being given not less than 24 hours notice, save for in the event of emergency where no
notice shall be required, to permit the Landlord and or their contractors or representatives to
enter into the Property at all reasonable times to examine the state and condition of the
property; repair of any part of the property that requires access or to view the premises at
reasonable hours in the day with prospective tenants or purchaser of the Property.
2.22. Upon receipt of notice in writing specifying any repairs, redecoration or works required to
remedy a breach of this agreement to carry out works within 21. Upon the Tenant failing to
carry out the required works to permit the Landlord to enter the Property to carry out such
repairs. The reasonable cost incurred by the Landlord in making repairs shall be a debt due
from the Tenant payable on demand.
2.23. To pay to the landlord all reasonable costs and expenses reasonably incurred by the Landlord
in respect of:
2.23.1. Any action taken by the landlord in connection with a breach by the Tenant of any
obligation upon the Tenant under this agreement; and
2.23.2. In connection with all applications by the Tenant for any consent or approval of the
Landlord required by the terms of this agreement.
2.24. At the end of the Tenancy:
2.24.1. To give the landlord reasonable prior notice if the tenant intends to leave at the end of the
2.24.2. To deliver up to the landlord the Property free from rubbish and possessions in such
order and state as shall be consistent with the Inventory and due performance of the
obligations of the Tenant contained in this Agreement.
2.24.3. To deliver up all keys for the Property on expiry of the Term and to pay all reasonable
charges incurred by the Landlord in securing the premises against re-entry where keys
are not returned.
2.24.4. To pay for the removal storage and disposal of any personal possessions left on the
3. The Landlord Hereby Agrees:
3.1. To keep the Building insured against loss or damage by fire, tempest, flood or explosion, and
such other risks as the Landlord requires provided the landlord shall have no liability to:
3.1.1. Insure the goods or effects of the Tenant whatsoever; or
3.1.2. Insure the Property against accidental damage by the Tenant due to negligence or fault
of the Tenant.
3.2. To permit the Tenant paying the Rent under this agreement and performing and observing their
obligations as set out above to hold the Property peaceably without undue interruption by the
4. It is hereby agreed by both parties:
4.1. Certificate of Guarantee
4.1.1. The following clauses set out how the Certificate of Guarantee given by the tenant under
the main terms of the Tenancy will be handled.
4.1.2. The tenant hereby agrees to make full payment of all premium due to the insurer and
further agrees and acknowledges that failure to make such payment will constitute a
breach of this agreement and constitute a ground for possession under Ground 12 as per
the grounds for possession contained in the Housing Act 1988 Schedule 2, Part II.
4.1.3. After the Tenancy the Landlord is entitled to claim from the Tenant any monies referred to
in clause 4.4 below.
4.1.4. The Landlord will notify the Tenant in writing of any claim within 14 days of the tenancy
being determined. That notice shall itemise the amounts claimed.
4.1.5. The Landlord may make a claim from the Tenant to compensate the Landlord for losses
caused by any or all of the following reasons:
188.8.131.52. any damage to the Property or Fixtures and Fittings caused by the Tenant, his
family, his staff or his visitors;
184.108.40.206. any damage to the Property or the Fixtures and Fittings resulting from any
breach of the Terms of this Agreement by the Tenant;
220.127.116.11. any professional cleaning costs, provided the Property was in a good clean
condition at the start of the Tenancy;
18.104.22.168. any damage caused or cleaning required as a result of any pet(s) occupying the
Property (whether or not the Landlord consented to its presence);
22.214.171.124. any other breach by the Tenant of the Terms of this Agreement;
4.1.6. The landlord may make a claim from the Underwriter after 21 days have elapsed from
service of notice to the tenant subject to clauses 4.1.1 through 4.1.5 above and the terms
and conditions of the certificate issued.
4.2.1. In the event that any installment of rent or any other money payable by the Tenant under
this agreement is not Paid within 14 days, save for a claim made under the Certificate of
Guarantee, then the same shall carry simple interest at a rate of 4 per cent per annum
above the base rate of HSBC plc calculated on a daily basis from the date upon which
the same became payable until the date of payment.
4.3. Right of Re-Entry
4.3.1. The landlord may bring a court action to recover possession of the Property even if any
such right to do so had previously been waived if and whenever during the Term:
126.96.36.199. the rent is outstanding for 14 days or more after becoming due whether formally
demanded or not; or
188.8.131.52. there is a breach of any Obligation contained within this agreement by the
184.108.40.206. the grounds for possession in the Housing Act 1988 Schedule 2, Part I grounds 2
or 8, or any of the grounds in Part II of that Schedule other than grounds 9 or 16 apply
(the said grounds are set out at schedule 3 to this agreement); or
220.127.116.11. the Tenant becomes bankrupt, has an administration order made in respect of
his assets, has a receiver appointed, makes an arrangement for the benefit of his
creditors, or has any distress or execution levied on his goods.
4.3.2. The Landlord (or, in the case of joint Landlords, at least one of them) has occupied the
Premises as his only or principal home and may require the Premises as his or his
spouse’s only or principal home. The Landlord hereby gives notice that possession of the
Premises may be recovered on Ground 1 in Part I of Schedule 2 to the Housing Act
4.3.3. The Premises are subject to a mortgage granted before the beginning of this agreement
and the mortgagee is or may be entitled to exercise a power of sale and may require
possession of the Premises for the purpose of disposing of the Premises in the exercise
of that power. The Landlord hereby gives notice to the Tenant that possession of the
Premises may be recovered on Ground 2 in Part I of Schedule 2 to the Housing Act
4.4.1. Any Notice or other document shall be sufficiently served upon the Tenant if it is left or
delivered at or sent by first class post to the Property.
4.4.2. Any Notice or other document shall be sufficiently served upon the Landlord if sent by
recorded delivery to:
18.104.22.168. the address of the Landlord as specified in the Tenancy Particulars; or
22.214.171.124. such other address as may be notified in writing to the Tenant.
4.4.3. Any notice or document of the kind referred to in 7.1 through 7.2 addressed as required
above shall be deemed to be sufficiently served 48 hours after the time of posting.
4.5.1. If it comes to the attention of the Landlord that the Property has not been occupied by the
Tenant for more than 21 days and the Tenant has not notified the Landlord in
accordance with clause 2.6 above, and following investigation has reasonable cause to
believe the Tenant has ceased to reside at the Property, the Landlord may treat the
Property as abandoned and re-enter the Property and thereby bring this agreement to an
end. Such re-entry shall not affect the rights of the Landlord against the Tenant in
respect of any subsisting breach by the Tenant of this Tenancy Agreement.
4.6. General Provisions
4.6.1. If any term of this agreement is in whole or part held to be illegal or unenforceable, that
term or part shall be deemed not to form part of this agreement and the remainder of this
agreement shall not be affected.
Signed by or on behalf of the Tenant ___________________________________________
Full name of all tenants named on the agreement
In The Presence of:
Signed by or on behalf of the Landlord ___________________________________________
Full name of all Landlords named on the agreement
In The Presence of: