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Anti-Social Behaviour – Assured Short-Hold Tenancies

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (Commencement No.7, Saving and Transitional Provisions) Order 2014 is an order which brings into force various sections of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Police Act 2014. Section 97 of that Act came into force in England on 20th October 2014 and provides that certain anti-social behaviour will be a new mandatory ground (Ground 7a) for recovery of possession of a property let on a short-hold tenancy. It does so by inserting Ground 7a into Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Housing Act 1988. Section 97 also sets time limits in which notices must be served by the landlord seeking to rely on Ground 7a. Clearly this will be a useful tool for landlords and managing agents, especially on sites where there has been a lot of sub-letting. It is important also to remember when granting licence for sub-letting that you ask for a copy of the proposed letting document (AST) so that you can ensure that appropriate steps against anti-social behaviour can be taken and are enforceable by the lessor in that agreement.

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