Download Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement (AST) for Free

What is an AST?

To start your tenancy on a sound legal footing, you’ll need an up-to-date contract signed by all parties: landlord, tenants and guarantors. Most rental contracts in the UK are Assured Shorthold Tenancies (AST).

Assured Shorthold Tenancies were introduced by the Housing Act 1988 and updated by the Housing Act 1996. Despite being defined in law, not all ASTs are the same. Although tenancy agreements tend to look broadly similar, there can in fact be quite a lot of variation in language and structure.

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The cost of our contract, with all benefits listed below, is included our Rent Now tenancy creation service

  • Customised AST drafted for you
  • Industry best practice
  • Latest elements of housing law
  • Editable with Custom Clauses
  • Integrated in Rent Now
  • Stored online for safe-keeping
  • Digital Signatures (learn more)
  • Professional Tenancy Creation Process
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  • Sample our best-in-class AST
  • Industry best practice
  • Latest elements of housing law

Renting in Scotland or Wales?

Under Scottish law, the standard contract is called a Private Residential Tenancy (PRT). To find out more you can view our dedicated page.

Scottish PRT Information

In Wales, the standard tenancy type is an "Occupation Contract". Again, you can find full details by clicking below.

Welsh Occupation Contract Information

Free Sample AST

Here you can download OpenRent's template AST for free. It's the rental lease agreement that we use with our Rent Now landlords. You can trust it, because it's in force in tens of thousands of tenancies across the UK. It incorporates the latest elements of UK housing law, so you can use it as a reference for your own AST.

Choose whether to see a sample of our joint tenancy agreement (for a whole property) or for shared houses. You can download a PDF of each AST free of charge. Our Rent Now users can add their own custom clauses, and collect signatures digitally, as part of our complete tenancy creation process.

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Detailed Tenancy Agreement Overview:

For a full introduction to our AST and its different versions, please see our introductory blog post:
Learn more about OpenRent ASTs.

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