In the case of an AST, the landlord does not need to have a reason to evict a tenant so long as the fixed term has ended. The tenant can find details of their fixed term by referring to their tenancy agreement or the written statement of the basic terms of the tenancy agreement. In most cases, the fixed term is usually 6 or 12 months.
The landlord must ensure the notice they provide to the tenant is valid and they have abided by the terms of the AST including protecting the tenant’s deposit in an approved deposit protection scheme. If the landlord’s notice is invalid, they may find that they are prevented from commencing eviction proceedings in the county court.
In the case of assured tenancies, regulated tenancies and ASTs where the fixed term has not expired, the landlord must rely on grounds listed in Schedule 2 of the Housing Act 1988. These can include outstanding rent arrears, the property being used for illegal purposes or that the landlord wishes to move back into the property.
It is important for the landlord to provide notice to the tenant of their intention to commence eviction proceedings and to set out the grounds on which they intend to rely. The notice must also specify a leaving date.
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