Tenants will have the protections of a private residential tenancy, even if you give them a tenancy agreement for any other type of tenancy.
The main differences from previous Short Assured Tenancies include:
1. Tenancies no long have an end date - so they are essentially open-ended. This means that a tenant can stay for as long or short time as they wish and they no longer need to commit to a 6 month term minimum.
2. Rent reviews can only be carried out on an annual basis. Any rental increases must be given to tenants in writing 3 months before the increase is due to increase.
3. Tenants are able to challenge any rent increases if they feel the increase is unfair by referring it to a rent officer.
4. There are now 18 reasons for eviction, which means that if your tenant doesn't want to leave you can apply to the First Tribunal for an eviction under these grounds. The 18 reasons are split into 2 sections 1. Mandatory including the Landlord intends to sell, Landlord intends to refurbish, Landlord intends to live in the property, plus 8 Discretionary reasons such as a member of the Landlords family intends to live in the property, the tenant has breached a term, display antisocial behaviour etc.
For a full list of reasons for eviction click here.
5. Longer notice period. If a tenant has lived in the property for longer than 6 months landlords will have to give you at least 84 days notice to leave (unless you've broken a term in the tenancy agreement).