One of the advantages of the Assured Shorthold Tenancy in England and Wales is that the landlord can usually regain possession quite easily as long as the proper procedures are followed.

The landlord can take back the property without giving any reason as long as all the following conditions have been met:

  • The deposit has been properly protected
  • At least two months' written notice has been given in the correct form
  • The date given for the tenants to leave is at least six months after the original tenancy began
  • The landlord is not asking the tenants to leave before the end of the fixed term.

If the landlord wants the property back during the fixed term this is only possible if certain grounds apply- for example if the tenants have failed to pay the rent or are using the property for an illegal purpose.

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