Letting to Minors (Under 18 Years Age)

An infant (a minor under 18 years of age) can't hold an estate in land. It is therefore not possible to grant an under 18 an assured shorthold tenancy [section 1(6) Law of Property Act 1925]

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Types of Tenancy - Assured Tenancies

Where the tenancy is ‘assured’ (not shorthold) and is in the fixed term or periodic, the section 21 procedure does not apply, and the landlord can only bring the tenancy to an end on specific grounds. Most landlords will need to take specialist legal advice before proceeding.

Types of Tenancy - Contractual Tenancies

A contractual tenancy is often also known as a common-law tenancy. This type of tenancy is used in certain circumstances where a tenancy cannot be an assured shorthold tenancy. Examples include:

Types of Tenancy - Assured and Assured Shorthold Tenancies

These types of tenancies are governed by the statutory code set up in the Housing Act 1988, which was amended slightly by the Housing Act 1996. Today's vast majority of tenancies will be assured shorthold tenancies, and both assured and assured shorthold tenancy can charge a market rent for the property.