Is my tenancy an assured shorthold tenancy?

An assured shorthold tenancy is the normal tenancy for renting from a private landlord. The key features of an AST are:

  • it began on or after 15 January 1989;
  • the annual rent does not exceed £100,000;
  • the house or flat is let as separate accommodation; and
  • it is the tenant’s main home.

This is defined by the Housing Act 1988 (as amended).