Contractual Term

    The contractual term is the initial agreed duration of your tenancy, as stated in your tenancy agreement.
    A contractual term can also refer to a term that forms part of a contract, for example a term in your tenancy agreement.

    A tenancy can often run on longer than the initial contractual term, this is typically the case for statutory tenancies, such as the Assured Shorthold Tenancy, where the assured shorthold tenant has the statutory right to continue the tenancy after the contractual term has ended. In this case, the tenant stays in the property until the tenancy is ended in accordance with statutory rules. The entire duration of a tenancy is known as the term, which includes the contractual term and any statutory continutation of the tenancy.


    Terms in a Tenancy Agreement

    Your tenancy agreement contains terms that you and your landlord agree to follow for the duration of your tenancy. This housing guide will help you to understand what tenancy terms are and where they come from.

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    Types of Tenancy

    For most students, renting is a usual part of the student experience but have you ever wondered what type of tenancy you have or the protections that it can give you during your tenancy? Read on to find out more about the types of tenancy that you can have as a student or short-term renter and the security that each type can provide.

    Assured Shorthold Tenancy

    The Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) is a type of statutory tenancy that allows your landlord to let their property to you for a specific amount of time whilst retaining the right to possession of their property at the end of your contractual term, as long as they follow the correct statutory process to end your AST.