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Our tenancy agreements include a list of things that tenants should not do, which covers most issues which may be a problem to a landlord or their neighbours e.g. no smoking, no unauthorised pets, preventing damage to the property, preventing noise which is a nuisance to neighbours. 

If a tenant does not comply with one of these terms they are technically in breach of the tenancy agreement. 

Where this happens they are usually relatively minor issues which we successfully address through a conversation with the tenant and a notice to warn them to improve their behaviour.

If the tenant continues to breach their agreement then the options are available depend on the tenancy term.

If the tenancy is a rolling Statutory Periodic Tenancy, or a fixed term Assured Shorthold Tenancy which is near the end of its term, then most landlords ask us to serve notice to end the tenancy.

However ending a fixed term Assured Shorthold Tenancy early needs a Court order. The Court will consider your reason for wanting to end the tenancy early, so you need clear and robust evidence that the tenants have significantly breached their tenancy agreement. It usually requires the support of a solicitor to make such an application.
We have yet to have a landlord decide to take this action, as managing the tenants to minimise the problem whilst waiting for the end of the tenancy is usually the most cost effective solution.

The good news is serving a properly constructed notice in the right way to get vacant possession of your property at the end of a fixed term tenancy or after the defined notice in a rolling tenancy almost always results in the tenants leaving the property when due (See our ‘Tenants Not leaving property Factsheet‘). In the few cases where tenants do not leave after such notice it is possible to seek possession without proving any breach of tenancy.

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