What is the difference between an assured tenancy (AT) and an assured shorthold tenancy (AST)?

Following the introduction of section 19a of the Housing Act 1988, an AST is the most common type of residential tenancy. They differ from ATs as under an AT, a tenant has greater security of tenure. Under an AST, a landlord can regain possession of the property after the fixed term expires but under an AT a tenant is allowed to remain at the property until they choose to leave or the landlord acquires the property on one of the grounds stated in the Housing Act 1988. 

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