Fixed term tenancy
In most cases a tenancy will have been granted by a landlord to a tenant for some fixed term. Sometimes this is known as a term certain or initial period but the Housing Act 1988 refers to it as being a fixed term tenancy.
It used to be the case under section 20 Housing Act 1988 that the fixed term had to be for a minimum period of 6 months and a special prescribed notice be given before any tenancy was granted but this rule was removed for all tenancies granted on or after 28 February 1997.  Since 1997, a fixed term can be granted for any period a landlord and tenant wishes to agree and sometimes we recommend a 3 month fixed term. In fact, no fixed term needs to be provided whatsoever and a periodic tenancy could be granted from the outset.
From April 2014 , a different method of setting the local housing allowance will apply in some broad rental market areas and category of dwellings. In these cases, the rate will be increased by 4 per cent, subject to a maximum local housing allowance of £258.06 for shared accommodation, £258.06 for one bedroom, £299.34 for two bedrooms, £350.95 for three bedrooms and £412.89 for four bedrooms.