What are the differences between tenancy types?

Assured Tenancy (AT)

A long-term tenancy with increased protection from eviction, provided you keep to the terms of the tenancy agreement you can remain in your home as long as you wish.

After the initial fixed term, the tenancy then automatically continues on a ‘periodic assured tenancy’ basis whereby the tenant may give the required notice to leave at any time. The landlord can only regain possession by obtaining an order from the Court, if there is a breach of the contract by the tenant.  

Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) 

A fixed term tenancy. Girlings landlords will normally offer between two and five-year tenancies.

At the end of the fixed term, either a new tenancy will be negotiated and offered to you or the landlord may wish to regain possession.

Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) – only available in Scotland 

In Scotland all new tenancies must be a private residential tenancy. This replaced the assured and short assured tenancies in December 2017.  

There is no fixed term. The tenancy is ended by the tenant giving notice or, the landlord obtaining an eviction order from the First-Tier Tribunal using one or more of the grounds set out in Schedule 3 of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016.

Can two people be on the tenancy agreement?

  • Yes, we offer joint tenancies where both names will be on the tenancy agreement. 

What do I do if I want to leave or give notice?

  • If you wish to leave your home, you must serve notice. This should be done in writing or email. Please contact the tenancy team for more information 0333 240 6044. 

Email: [email protected]  

or post your letter to: Tenancy Department, Girlings Retirement Rentals, Glanville House, Frobisher Way, Taunton, TA2 6BB. 

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