Guild ASTs by nick | 12 Aug 2011 | Guild Services | 1 comment Your tenancy agreements are headed as the 1988 Housing Act as amended by the 1996 Act. Why doesn’t it mention the 2004 Act? 1 Comment daviddortongibson on 12/08/2011 at 12:10 pm This is because the assured shorthold tenancy is not created or modified by the Housing Act 2004. The Housing Act 1988 created the ast in section 20 (this needed the old section 20 notice). In 1997 the Housing Act 1996 amendments came into force and created a new type of ast under section 19a (this is the current ast used every day by landlords). Strictly it is not necessary to list the tenancy as being under the Housing Act 1988 “as amended” as the law would not allow you to set up an ast under anything other than the amended section 19A since the introduction on the 28 February 1997. The Housing Act 2004 introduced deposit protection for assured shorthold tenancies but other than that the Housing Act 2004 is not about assured shorthold tenancies. For example, the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) affects owner occupied properties as much as ast tenancies. Licensing of HMOs applies to contractual tenancies and occupation licences as much as assured shortholds. This is the reason the HA2004 is not mentioned.