Bedsit Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement with permitted pets

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An assured shorthold tenancy agreement (also known as an AST) allows a landlord to let a property to a tenant. The term of an assured shorthold tenancy agreement is usually 6 or 12 months and will usually convert to a rolling periodic tenancy at the end of the initial term.

A bedsit is a form of accommodation made up of a single unit in a property with shared facilities. A bedsit can be part of a HMO if the property has 3 or more tenants who make up more than one household. The landlord will have additional responsibilities including making sure the rooms are a certain size if the property is classed as a HMO. In this case, depending on where the property is located the landlord might need a licence from the local council.

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Whilst a landlord can't ban pets from a property, they have no obligation to accept pets. A landlord can't increase the deposit beyond the 5 week's worth of rent cap but can increase the rent and therefore deposit in exchange for accepting a pet.

A bedsit in a property which is not classed as a HMO might require a lodger licence agreement if the landlord is living in the same property and it is their main home. In this case, the occupier of the bedsit will classified as a lodger and will not have exclusive possession of their bedsit. The notice requirements will also be different.

Legislate's assured shorthold tenancy agreement can be easily tailored to permit pets. Appropriate wording will be included to specify which pet is permitted to live in the property with the tenant.

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