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    AST Contract

    I have a download of the Model Agreement for an Assured Shorthold Tenancy and Accompanying Guidance however have just tried to use it and its protected.

    Is there a free AST contract I can download anywhere?

    #2
    Gov.uk, but you need loads of other paperwork. Consider a landlord association.

    Where did you download it from please?
    I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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      #3
      Originally posted by Chester Perry View Post
      I have a download of the Model Agreement for an Assured Shorthold Tenancy and Accompanying Guidance however have just tried to use it and its protected.
      You can edit the document where you need to enter things, but you can't change it.
      When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
      Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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        #4
        NB Rewriting tenancy agreements without legal and landlord/tenant background is v probably risky.
        I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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          #5
          Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
          NB Rewriting tenancy agreements without legal and landlord/tenant background is v probably risky.
          I agree. It is quite reasonable to add carefully worded clauses however. I generally add 6 or 7 clauses to the model (NLA) agreement I use -
          - Clarifying the demise (e.g loft-space excluded)
          - Clarifying payment of council tax per contract, and that the last day is included contractually
          - Stating that various documents have been seen
          - Obeying of terms in an attached superior lease

          and so on. Every model agreement is defective in some way, and I wouldn't touch a totally inflexible one

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            #6
            Originally posted by Chester Perry View Post
            I have a download of the Model Agreement for an Assured Shorthold Tenancy and Accompanying Guidance however have just tried to use it and its protected.....
            Assuming this was the gov.uk I just tried editing it. No issue. But then I was using Linux & LibreOffice not those less-secure, have to be paid for, usually slower alternatives....
            I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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              #7
              Not looking to edit but just add names etc. Ill have another go on another PC.

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                #8
                Originally posted by AndrewDod View Post
                Obeying of terms in an attached superior lease
                To avoid that being an unfair term I would rephrase that so that the obligation is not to do anything which which would be a breach of the lease. A copy of the lease needs to be given to the tenant so they have time to read it. If the lease has a schedule of "regulations" dealing with matters such as hanging out washing, refuse disposal, car parking and shaking mats out ot the window, I would restrict it to that and then you can impose a positive obligation. If the property is freehold subject to restrictive covenants they may need to be covered.

                Originally posted by AndrewDod View Post
                Every model agreement is defective in some way
                I would not quite put it that way. A French poet is reported as saying that a poem is never finished, only abandoned. Much the same can be said of many precedents. When it come to leases/tenancy agreements you are never going to cover every contingency. Perfection is impossible. The best you can hope for is a document which is clear, grammatical, consistent, free from ambiguity, hangs together properly, covers all the angles which reasonably need to be covered having regard to all the circumstances and, so far as consistent with the foregoing, is a model of concision.

                If you have a tenancy agreement which has a good pedigree you need to proceed with caution if deleting, amending or adding to any clause as you may unwittingly remove something you need or undermine the provision. Many landlords want to add provisions to reflect their experience. You are probably not going to go wrong if you add a clause saying that the tenant is not to cut down any trees, remove the shed or keep monitor lizards. If you do decide to go DIY then at the very least run you efforts past a friend. Better still post them in this forum inviting comments.

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