Most tenancies created on or after 15th January 1989 will be
assured tenancies, or more likely assured shorthold tenancies, a
species of the former. The main difference between the two is the
level of the tenant's security of tenure. Where a tenant is in
possession under an assured tenancy his landlord must prove one of
a number of statutory grounds to obtain possession. However, in the
case of an assured shorthold tenancy the landlord only has to show
that the tenancy has come to an end and that the tenant has been
given proper notice.
Assured shorthold tenancies have proved popular with landlords.
Although a tenant may be able to apply to a rent assessment
committee for a market rent, he does not acquire security of
tenure; and a relatively straightforward procedure allows the
landlord to obtain possession. However, the landlord is still
required to obtain a court order before he can obtain
As tenancy solicitors we advise on all aspects of assured
tenancies but for clients who are landlords we are most frequently
instructed to obtain possession.