A not so short assured shorthold tenancy

The ground rent scandal can give rise to accidental ASTs with unexpected consequences

You might think that an assured shorthold tenancy (AST) has to be short. In fact, there is no limit on the maximum length of an AST. Provided the tenancy was granted after 15 January 1989 and meets the criteria in the Housing Act 1988 (the 1988 Act) it will be an assured tenancy and all the statutory regulation associated with that status will apply.

If it was granted after 28 February 1997, the assured tenancy will automatically be an assured shorthold.