Assured Shorthold Tenancy
The most common form of tenancy is an AST (Assured Shorthold Tenancy) which is the default legal category of residential tenancy in England and Wales. Most private landlords give AST contract to sign before your tenancy starts. It entitles a landlord to let out a property to a tenant while retaining the right to regain possession of the property at the end of the term of the tenancy, which is usually for six months. However, the landlord will need to give the tenant at least two months’ notice and your deposit must be protected by an authorised scheme.