What are the legal grounds for evicting a tenant?

Whilst landlords cannot and should not taking evicting tenants lightly, situations do sometimes arise that make it the best course of action.

To evict a tenant, you will need to have legal grounds for doing so, it is not something that can be done on a whim.

If you have reasonable grounds, then you will need to serve them either a Section 8 or Section 21 notice. The type of notice suitable will depend on the type of tenancy and the grounds for eviction.

Legal grounds for evicting a tenant

Some of the legal grounds for evicting a tenant from a property include:

  • The need for major repairs or development to the property.
  • Landlord needs to live in the property.
  • Property or its contents have been damaged by tenant.
  • Property has been allowed to fall into disrepair.
  • Tenancy was offered due to employment by landlord and employment ends.
  • The property is being repossessed from the landlord.
  • Rent arrears.
  • Consistently late paying rent.
  • Anti-social behaviour.
  • False information given when signing lease agreement.
  • Breach of contract. Examples of breaches include:
  • Smoking inside the property.
  • Keeping pets inside the property.
  • Subletting all or part of the property.
  • Carrying out illegal activities on the property.

Even if there are legal grounds for evicting a tenant, it’s important to follow the proper procedures for doing so.

If a landlord fails to follow proper procedures, they can be prosecuted. This includes unlawful evictions, if their actions interfere with a tenant’s peace and comfort, or if they stop services required to occupy the property.

If you require legal help or advice with evicting a problem tenant from your property, speak to our team of experts here at Debt Squared for help and free advice by calling us on 0800 002 9049.