Types of tenancy

There are two main types of tenancy agreement:

  • Assured Shorthold Tenancy and Assured Tenancy (council tenants have a different type of tenancy agreement).

Assured Shorthold Tenancy

This is the most common form and sets out a fixed period for the tenancy to run which is generally 6 or 12 months. (It cannot be less than 6 months). When this period ends, the landlord can regain possession after giving you at least two months notice to quit on a prescribed form. If you receive notice to quit and you are unsure what to do, you can contact us for advice.

When the two months notice period expires, the landlord cannot simply turn you out of the house. The landlord must go to court and be granted an order to have you evicted if you have not already moved out.

Assured Tenancy

With an assured tenancy your landlord cannot demand a possession order to have you evicted at the end of a fixed period. Provided that you comply with the terms of the agreement your tenancy is secure.

If you need any other advice regarding your tenancy please email home.choices@west-lindsey.gov.uk