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How Residential Tenancies Work

Generally, residential properties are let on Assured Shorthold tenancies, a form of tenancy introduced by the Housing Act 1988.

An Assured Shorthold tenancy has the following important features: –

Length of tenancy

The tenancy can be for any length but generally we let properties for a minimum fixed term of six months up to a maximum fixed term of seven years. Tenancies can often be renewed after the initial fixed term and indeed we have many tenancies on our books that have been going for over 20 years.

Notice to Quit

The landlord must serve at least two months’ notice (expiring at the end of a period of the tenancy) to bring the tenancy to an end. The tenant must serve one month’s notice unless vacating at the end of the initial fixed term.

Tenant Fees Act – Consumer Guide

If you require more information on Tenant Fees Act, please click on the link below where you will find a helpful guide compiled by ARLA Propertymark, which should cover any questions you might have.

Tenant Fees consumer guide (V1.2)


For further information on renting a property in England on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy, please read the Governments guide on ‘How to Rent’: