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Unruly Tenants? Anti-social behaviour becomes a new mandatory ground for possession of property let on assured tenancies

19/12/2014

On 20 October 2014 anti-social behaviour became a new mandatory ground for recovering possession of property let on an assured tenancy.
Unlike the existing discretionary grounds for possession, landlords will no longer be required to prove to the Court that it is reasonable to grant possession. Instead, the Court must now grant an order for possession provided landlords can make out one of the criteria below and serve the requisite notice:
•    The tenant has been convicted of a serious offence.
•    They have to have been found by a court to have breached a civil injunction.
•    The tenant has been convicted for breaching a criminal behaviour act.
•    The tenant has been convicted for breaching a noise abatement notice.
•    The property has been closed for over 48 hours as a result of a closure order for anti-social behaviour.

It is hoped that the new rules will provide landlords with more effective powers to tackle anti-social behaviour with better protection for victims and communities.

For more infomation please contact Amrit Samra  on 01789 206933 or by email.

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