‘Hybrid’ Assured Shorthold Tenancies Are Valid, Court of Appeal Rules

‘Hybrid’ Assured Shorthold Tenancies Are Valid, Court of Appeal Rules In a decision that will be required reading for property landlords, the Court of Appeal has confirmed the validity of a form of assured shorthold tenancy that has been in common use for many years. At the same time, the Court defined the concept of ‘ownership’ in the context of Council Tax liabilities. The case concerned a property investor who rented out residential premises to tenants on the basis of standard form leases that are ubiquitous in the private rental sector. Each lease was for a term of six or 12 months and thereafter continued on a month-by-month basis. The…