When setting up your tenancy, you want to make sure both parties know their responsibilities, and you aren't contradicting housing law.
Most residential lettings in England and Wales are arranged as an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) - an agreement introduced by the Housing Act 1988, and subsequently updated by the Housing Act 1996. When an AST is established, the document everyone signs to agree terms is often referred to as an AST as well.
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. The reason for this is that there’s often a trade-off between being broad enough to cover all aspects of a tenancy, being specific enough that there aren’t any loop-holes which inadvertently permit bad behaviour, and having a contract that is understandable and reasonable for all parties.
The OpenRent AST draws on industry best practice to balance the considerations above - it’s broad reaching, protects the interests of both landlords and tenants, and is currently in force in thousands of tenancies across the country. Feel free to download a sample copy of our agreement below, or if you use our Rent Now service you’ll also benefit from digital signing, which makes the process secure, convenient and much faster! Once your tenancy is under way you can also access all your tenancy documents including the AST from your OpenRent Manage tab.