A form of tenancy that assures the landlord right to repossess the property at the end of the term specified in the tenancy agreement which can be for any length of time.

To gain possession the landlord must service a notice under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 giving a minimum of two months’ notice.

Any new tenancy started after 28 February 1997 is automatically an assured shorthold tenancy unless otherwise specified.

Synonym = AST