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Not AST?

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My Landlord claims that she doesn’t have to protect my deposit in a scheme, due to my tenancy being a non AST. I have just lived there since May 2015 (12 months contract was signed, but agreed by both parties to move out earlier). Rent is £850 mothly. Private Landlord, which is not living in the flat. Anyone that knows why she claims I’m not AST?



Hi Julia

A tenancy can be an AST if all of the following apply:

you have a private landlord or housing association

the tenancy started on or after 15 January 1989

the property is your main accommodation

the landlord doesn’t live in the property

A tenancy can’t be an AST if:

it began or was agreed before 15 January 1989

the rent is more than £100,000 a year

the rent is less than £250 a year (less than £1,000 in London)

it’s a business tenancy or tenancy of licensed premises

it’s a holiday let

the landlord is a local council

The best approach might be to ask the landlord what kind of tenancy she thinks it is if it’s not an assured shorthold tenancy? If she can’t come up with a viable alternative then you have your answer.


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