Sole occupancy Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement with superior landlord

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This type of tenancy agreement is typically used for people renting property privately, typically referred to as a private residential tenancy.

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 sole occupancy tenancy agreement is when a tenant rents the entire property and has exclusive possession of the property. This means that the landlord needs to seek permission to enter and can only repossess the property from the tenant by serving a notice under certain conditions. The conditions for serving a notice will depend on the status of the tenancy (within the initial term, at a break point or rolling) and whether the tenant has breached the terms of the tenancy agreement or not.

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A tenancy agreement must state if the landlord has a superior landlord or not. This is a person or company the landlord has a superior lease with. The landlord must also have the permission from the superior landlord to let the property to a tenant in the first place.

A superior landlord's lease with the landlord could affect the tenant  if for example the superior landlord seeks to repossess the property. Equally, it is important that the landlord is not breaching their agreement with the superior landlord by letting the property to tenants.

Legislate's assured shorthold tenancy agreement offers the appropriate wording for confirming the presence of a superior landlord or not. This provides complete transparency to the tenant that the landlord has the right to let them the property.

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