An assured shorthold tenant has several rights. One crucial right is to have a fixed term, written tenancy agreement. Details of the fixed term can be found in the tenancy agreement and is usually 6 or 12 months. This guarantees the minimum amount of time the tenant can stay in the property.

There may be some situations where a landlord does not provide an assured shorthold tenant with a written tenancy agreement. In these situations, a tenant has the right to ask for a written statement of the basic terms of the tenancy agreement.

The written statement of basic terms should include important information such as:

  • the tenancy started;
  • the amount of rent to be paid and how often;
  • the length of the fixed term of the agreement;
  • details of any rent review clauses (if applicable).

The tenant is also entitled to the name and address of the landlord.

The landlord must provide an assured shorthold tenant with a valid gas safety performance certificate and energy performance certificate. In tenancies starting, or being renewed, on or after 1 October 2015, the landlord must also provide the tenant with the government’s how to rent guide.

If the tenant pays rent weekly, they are entitled to a rent book. The landlord must also protect any deposit they take from the tenant in a recognised deposit protection scheme.

The tenant has the right to quiet enjoyment of the property and the right to live in a safe and undamaged property. The landlord must abide by their duty to make good damage that is not caused by the tenant and must ensure that they do not trespass on the property or harass the tenant.

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