The property must be let on a single Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) agreement (England and Wales) Private Tenancy (PT) agreements (Northern Ireland), or a Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) agreement (Scotland) for a minimum term of 6 months.
In England and Wales, the maximum term for a tenancy agreement is up to 36 months; where the tenancy agreement is between 12 and 36 months a Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) model tenancy agreement must be used.
In Northern Ireland, the maximum term for a tenancy agreement is 12 months, and in Scotland, there is no maximum tenancy term.
The property must be let to either a:
- sole occupant
- single family unit
- maximum of four tenants
- Corporate Body*
* Where the property is let to a Corporate Body (this includes Educational Establishments, Housing Associations or Local Authorities), the maximum term of the tenancy agreement between the Corporate Body and the occupier(s) is 36 months (England and Wales) or 12 months (Northern Ireland). In Scotland, there is no maximum tenancy term. Where the property is in England or Wales and the term of the tenancy agreement between the Corporate Body and the occupier(s) exceeds 12 months, a DCLG model tenancy agreement must be used.
Tenants must not hold any level of diplomatic immunity.