When we can end your tenancy

In some cases we may want to end your tenancy. We can only do this in certain circumstances and we need to follow a set of rules.

The Housing Act 1988 (as amended) details the situations when an assured tenancy may be terminated.

The main reasons are:

  • Not paying your rent
  • Breaking the conditions of your tenancy
  • Causing damage to the property
  • Being involved in antisocial behaviour
  • Death of the tenant
  • Not living in your home.

This is not a full list and only outlines the main provisions.

Some tenants are now issued with fixed term assured shorthold tenancies. The above reasons for ending a tenancy also apply to these tenancies. Once a fixed term tenancy comes to an end, unless there is good cause, for example, serious breach of tenancy or rent arrears, we will offer an additional five year fixed term tenancy if the tenants remain eligible under our Lettings policy.

Exceptional circumstances

In exceptional circumstances, for example if your property is redeveloped, we may need to end your tenancy. In these circumstances we would ensure that “suitable alternative accommodation is available for you or will be available for you when the order for possession takes effect”. This is a requirement of the Housing Act 1988.

The procedure

If we want to end your tenancy we will serve a Notice. If you do not leave we will apply to the county court for a possession order.

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