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A tenancy agreement, also called a short assured tenancy, residential tenancy agreement, assured shorthold tenancy agreement (AST) or a lease is a contract between a tenant and a landlord.

It is important to have an agreement in place between a landlord and a tenant in order to lay out all the rights and responsibilities of each party during the rental agreement. These straightforward tenancy agreements will help you avoid all the hassles of letting and make repossession simple.

Use this tenancy agreement form if you letting a house, flat, or room. Answer a few simple questions to create your free tenancy agreement.

There are many different lettings documents so you'll need to make sure you choose the right one for your particular situation from the list above.

  • A tenancy agreement can be used both for a flat or a house. It is the most common type of agreement in England and Wales and gives the tenant the exclusive right to use and occupy a house or flat for a certain period of time.

  • If you are renting out a spare room in your home, a lodger agreement can be used.

  • A room rental agreement is used when you want to rent out several rooms to multiple occupants at the same time.  

  • A holiday letting agreement is used when you want to give a holidaymaker full use of the property for a short period of time (up to a maximum of three months).

A tenancy agreement can be ended by both landlord and tenant. However, this is subject to some conditions. Normally, neither landlord or tenant can end the tenancy agreement before the initial fixed term ends unless there is a break clause in the agreement. In this tenancy agreement template, you can choose to include a break clause, which will allow the tenant and landlord to end the tenancy before the end of the fixed term by giving the required notice. Landlords can end this agreement by serving 2 months’ notice on the tenant only after the first initial fixed term unless they have serious grounds for doing so, eg rent arrears.

For further information read Tenant eviction.

Other names for Tenancy agreement

Lease agreement, AST, Assured shorthold tenancy.