There are 3 Types of common Letting Contracts.
This is a less formal occupation agreement and is used when the occupier is in a homeless hostel, sharing the accommodation with their landlord, are paying guests of other tenants, or living in a hall of residence.
In order to bring a licence to an end, the landlord or tenant should give notice in writing. Where the landlord charges rent weekly then the notice period by either tenant or landlord is one week. We used to use these for referrals from the Homeless Hostel.
Bare Contractual Tenancy Agreement
A Bare Contractual Tenancy is used when it is legally impossible for an AST to exist. This could be because a landlord lives in another flat in the same building as his tenant, the annual rent is more than £100,000 per annum or the landlord is a Housing Co-operative.
To bring a bare contractual tenancy to an end the landlord must serve a Notice to Quit in the prescribed form. The period of notice depends on the agreement but if it is silent, then a minimum of 4 weeks or one full periods length of tenancy – if longer.
“Contractual tenancies are not covered by any of the statutory regimes that give tenants security of tenure. They can be terminated easily, subject to the Landlord complying with the notice period in the tenancy agreement and the notice requirements of the Protection from Eviction Act 1977 (a minimum notice period of four weeks).” Simplydocs. We have been using these since 2012.
Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement (AST)
These are the most common form of contract and are used where a tenant has exclusive possession of a property.
This type of tenancy grants a tenant the right to live in the property for a period of time, either for a fixed term period or on a week by week or month by month rolling contract, which is known as a periodic tenancy.
The legal notice that a landlord is required to issue to bring an AST to an end is a Section 21 Notice, which gives the tenant at least Two months notice.
Where a tenant has an AST, their deposit must be protected.
We do not take deposits and we do not use this type of Tenancy !!