Types of tenancies

Types of tenancies

There are many types of tenancy but fortunately few agents meet more than 1 or 2 of them.

The most common types of residential tenancy are those based on the Housing Act 1988, which received royal assent on 15 January 1989. This replaced the Rent Act 1977 and prevented any more tenancies being created under that act.

Most tenancies that agents deal with are assured shorthold tenancies under the Housing Act 1988. Having a good understanding of the law relating to this type of tenancy and the main types of non-Housing Act tenancy is likely to cover 99% of situations.

Other types of residential tenancy are less commonly encountered by agents. These are usually tenancies that have been in place for a substantial length of time or are based on some other special case. This section provides commentary on:

This section is maintained by Simon Trees of Nelsons Solicitors.