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The following is a list of the grounds that can be used to seek repossession using a Section 8 Notice. We have “excluded” those grounds that are only for specific circumstances. We have also excluded those grounds used for Rent Arrears as you can automatically generate the correct Section 8 Notice for a tenant in rent arrears by clicking here.

IN SEVEN OF THE GROUNDS, THE NOTICE PERIOD IS AT LEAST TWO MONTHS, WE THEREFORE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU ISSUE A SECTION 21 NOTICE BY CLICKING HERE THIS TAKES THE SAME TIME BUT THIS ROUTE TO REPOSSESSION HAS A FAR GREATER CHANCE OF SUCCESS.

Some of the Grounds listed are only available if contained in your tenancy agreement. If they are not in your Agreement, you cannot rely on them –  WE THEREFORE RECOMMEND YOU USE A SECTION 21 by clicking here.

Some grounds only require TWO WEEKS notice, one allows Court action immediately!!

DON’T WORRY, OUR FORMS AUTOMATICALLY CALCULATE THE CORRECT LENGTH OF NOTICE, DEPENDING ON THE CHOICES YOU MAKE.

To use one of the 17 grounds below, tick the box or boxes that apply to your circumstances – i.e. if your tenant is causing a nuisance to neighbours tick box 14. In the text box that opens, please type in a brief description of the problems, for example:-

“On 15th June 2010 complaints were received from your neighbours that excessive noise from your property was causing nuisance and annoyance. You were advised at that time that this would not be tolerated.
On 18th July 2010 further incidents of loud noise were reported by your neighbours.”

Other Grounds:

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1. The landlord used to live, or intends to live in the property as his/her only or principal home.

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Not later than the beginning of the tenancy the landlord gave notice in writing to the tenant that possession might be recovered on this ground or the court is of the opinion that it is just and equitable to dispense with the requirement of notice and (in either case)

(a) at some time before the beginning of the tenancy, the landlord who is seeking possession or, in the case of joint landlords seeking possession, at least one of them occupied the dwelling-house as his only or principal home; or
(b) the landlord who is seeking possession or, in the case of joint landlords seeking possession, at least one of them requires the dwelling-house as his or his spouse’s only or principal home and neither the landlord (or, in the case of joint landlords, any one of them) nor any other person who, as landlord, derived title under the landlord who gave the notice mentioned above acquired the reversion on the tenancy for money or money’s worth.

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2. The property is subject to a mortgage and the lender wishes to repossess the property.

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The dwelling-house is subject to a mortgage granted before the beginning of the tenancy and

(a) the mortgagee is entitled to exercise a power of sale conferred on him by the mortgage or by section 101 of the [1925 c. 20.] Law of Property Act 1925; and
(b) the mortgagee requires possession of the dwelling-house for the purpose of disposing of it with vacant possession in exercise of that power; and
(c) either notice was given as mentioned in Ground 1 above or the court is satisfied that it is just and equitable to dispense with the requirement of notice;

and for the purposes of this ground “mortgage” includes a charge and “mortgagee” shall be construed accordingly.

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3. The tenancy is a holiday let and was previously let for a holiday.

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The tenancy is a fixed term tenancy for a term not exceeding eight months and

(a) not later than the beginning of the tenancy the landlord gave notice in writing to the tenant that possession might be recovered on this ground; and
(b) at some time within the period of twelve months ending with the beginning of the tenancy, the dwelling-house was occupied under a right to occupy it for a holiday.

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4. The tenancy is a student let that was previously let by an educational establishment to students.

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The tenancy is a fixed term tenancy for a term not exceeding twelve months and

(a) not later than the beginning of the tenancy the landlord gave notice in writing to the tenant that possession might be recovered on this ground; and
(b) at some time within the period of twelve months ending with the beginning of the tenancy, the dwelling-house was let on a tenancy falling within paragraph 8 of Schedule 1 to this Act.

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5. The property is held for use by a minister of religion.

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The dwelling-house is held for the purpose of being available for occupation by a minister of religion as a residence from which to perform the duties of his office and

(a) not later than the beginning of the tenancy the landlord gave notice in writing to the tenant that possession might be recovered on this ground; and
(b) the court is satisfied that the dwelling-house is required for occupation by a minister of religion as such a residence.

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6. The landlord intends to redevelop the property.

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The landlord who is seeking possession or, if that landlord is a registered housing association or charitable housing trust, a superior landlord intends to demolish or reconstruct the whole or a substantial part of the dwelling-house or to carry out substantial works on the dwelling-house or any part thereof or any building of which it forms part and the following conditions are fulfilled—

(a) the intended work cannot reasonably be carried out without the tenant giving up possession of the dwelling-house because
(i) the tenant is not willing to agree to such a variation of the terms of the tenancy as would give such access and other facilities as would permit the intended work to be carried out, or
(ii) the nature of the intended work is such that no such variation is practicable, or
(iii) the tenant is not willing to accept an assured tenancy of such part only of the dwelling-house (in this sub-paragraph referred to as “the reduced part”) as would leave in the possession of his landlord so much of the dwelling-house as would be reasonable to enable the intended work to be carried out and, where appropriate, as would give such access and other facilities over the reduced part as would permit the intended work to be carried out, or
(iv) the nature of the intended work is such that such a tenancy is not practicable; and
(b) either the landlord seeking possession acquired his interest in the dwelling-house before the grant of the tenancy or that interest was in existence at the time of that grant and neither that landlord (or, in the case of joint landlords, any of them) nor any other person who, alone or jointly with others, has acquired that interest since that time acquired it for money or money’s worth; and
(c) the assured tenancy on which the dwelling-house is let did not come into being by virtue of any provision of Schedule 1 to the [1977 c. 42.] Rent Act 1977, as amended by Part I of Schedule 4 to this Act or, as the case may be, section 4 of the [1976 c. 80.] Rent (Agriculture) Act 1976, as amended by Part II of that Schedule.

For the purposes of this ground, if, immediately before the grant of the tenancy, the tenant to whom it was granted or, if it was granted to joint tenants, any of them was the tenant or one of the joint tenants under an earlier assured tenancy of the dwelling-house concerned, any reference in paragraph (b) above to the grant of the tenancy is a reference to the grant of that earlier assured tenancy. For the purposes of this ground “registered housing association” has the same meaning as in the [1985 c. 69.] Housing Associations Act 1985 and “charitable housing trust” means a housing trust, within the meaning of that Act, which is a charity, within the meaning of the [1960 c. 58.] Charities Act 1960.

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7. The former tenant has died.

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The tenancy is a periodic tenancy (including a statutory periodic tenancy) which has devolved under the will or intestacy of the former tenant and the proceedings for the recovery of possession are begun not later than twelve months after the death of the former tenant or, if the court so directs, after the date on which, in the opinion of the court, the landlord or, in the case of joint landlords, any one of them became aware of the former tenant’s death.

For the purposes of this ground, the acceptance by the landlord of rent from a new tenant after the death of the former tenant shall not be regarded as creating a new periodic tenancy, unless the landlord agrees in writing to a change (as compared with the tenancy before the death) in the amount of the rent, the period of the tenancy, the premises which are let or any other term of the tenancy.

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8. At the date of service of the notice and at the date of the hearing, the tenant will not have paid the equivalent of 2 months rent (or 3 months' rent if rent is paid quarterly).

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Both at the date of the service of the notice under section 8 of this Act relating to the proceedings for possession and at the date of the hearing

a) if rent is payable weekly or fortnightly, at least 'eight weeks' rent is unpaid;
b) if rent is payable monthly, at least 'two months' rent is unpaid;
c) if rent is payable quarterly, at least one quarter's rent is more than three months in arrears; and
d) if rent is payable yearly, at least 'three months' rent is more than three months in arrears;

and for the purpose of this ground "rent" means rent lawfully due from the tenant.

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9. Suitable alternative accommodation is available.

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Suitable alternative accommodation is available for the tenant or will be available for him when the order for possession takes effect.

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10. The tenant will be behind with rent when the landlord serves notice of possession and begins court proceedings.

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Some rent lawfully due from the tenant

a) is unpaid on the date on which the proceedings for possession are begun; and
b) except where subsection (1)(b) of section 8 of this Act applies, was in arrears at the date of the service of the notice under that section relating to those proceedings.

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11. The tenant has regularly been in arrears even though they may be up to date at present.

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Whether or not any rent is in arrears on the date on which proceedings for possession are begun, the tenant has persistently delayed paying rent which has become lawfully due.

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12. The tenant has broken one or more of the tenant's obligations under the tenancy agreement.

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Any obligation of the tenancy (other than one related to the payment of rent) has been broken or not performed.

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13. The condition of the premises or any of the common parts has deteriorated because of the behaviour of the tenant, the tenant's subtenant, or any other person living there.

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The condition of the dwelling-house or any of the common parts has deteriorated owing to acts of waste by, or neglect or default of, the tenant or any other person residing in the dwelling-house and, in the case of an act of waste by, or neglect or default of, a person lodging with the tenant or a sub-tenant of his, the tenant has not taken such steps as he ought reasonably to have taken for the removal of the lodger or sub-tenant.

For the purpose of the ground, “common parts” means any part of a building comprising the dwelling-house and any other premises which the tenant is entitled under the terms of the tenancy to use in common with the occupiers of other dwelling-houses in which the landlord has an estate or interest.

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14a. The tenants lived as a couple and one has left the property because of violence.

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The dwelling-house was occupied (whether alone or with others) by a married couple or a couple living together as husband and wife and

(a) one or both of the partners is a tenant of the dwelling-house,
(b) the landlord who is seeking possession is a registered social landlord or a charitable housing trust,
(c) one partner has left the dwelling-house because of violence or threats of violence by the other towards
(i) that partner, or
(ii) a member of the family of that partner who was residing with that partner immediately before the partner left, and
(d) the court is satisfied that the partner who has left is unlikely to return.

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14. The tenant or someone living with the tenant has caused a nuisance to neighbours, visitors or others in the locality or has been convicted of using the property for immoral or illegal purpose or has been convicted of an indictable offence comitted in the locality of the rented property.

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The tenant or a person residing in or visiting the dwelling house:

a) has been guilty of conduct causing or likely to cause a nuisance or annoyance to a person residing, visiting or otherwise engaging in a lawful activity in the locality; or
b) has been convicted of
(i) using the dwelling house or allowing it to be used for immoral or illegal purposes; or
(ii) an arrestable offence committed in, or in the locality of, the dwelling house.

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15. The condition of the furniture has deteriorated because it has been ill-treated by the tenant, his subtenant, or someone living in the premises.

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The condition of any furniture provided for use under the tenancy has, in the opinion of the court, deteriorated owing to ill-treatment by the tenant or any other person residing in the dwelling-house and, in the case of ill-treatment by a person lodging with the tenant or by a sub-tenant of his, the tenant has not taken such steps as he ought reasonably to have taken for the removal of the lodger or sub-tenant.

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16. The tenant was granted the property in order to properly fulfil her employment duties and is no longer employed by the landlord.

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The dwelling-house was let to the tenant in consequence of his employment by the landlord seeking possession or a previous landlord under the tenancy and the tenant has ceased to be in that employment.

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17. The landlord was induced to grant the tenancy by a false statement made knowingly or recklessly by either the tenant or a person acting at the tenant's instigation.

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The tenant is the person, or one of the persons, to whom the tenancy was granted and the landlord was induced to grant the tenancy by a false statement made knowingly or recklessly by

a) the tenant, or
b) a person acting at the tenant’s instigation.

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