This is a follow up question to one I asked earlier in the week.
To recap I have 3 tenants on a single AST who have been renting from me for 23 months. I am very happy with them for a number of reasons i.e. they pay the rent on time and look after the property. One of them asked if his partner of 4 years could move in. You advised it would be best to enter into a new AST agreement rather than just say yes. The original fixed term was 2 years (which expires next month) with a 1 year break clause. I initially advised them the new agreement would bind them in for another 6 months purely because I thought that was the minimum term for an AST. On doing some research it seems an AST can be for any length of time but the landlord cannot ask the tenants to leave for the first 6 months. Bearing in mind they have already been tenants for 23 months and I’m very happy with them continuing I don’t think I’d have a reason for wanting them to leave. If I gave all 4 of them a new AST for a term of 1 month would that then turn into a periodic tenancy at the end of the month effectively putting them in the same position as if no new agreement had been entered into and their original agreement had become periodic? Is there anything I don’t know and should be aware of? Thanks. Paul
AST shorter than 6 months
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