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Grounds for possession of assured and assured shorthold tenancies

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The mandatory and discretionary grounds for possession of assured and assured shorthold tenancies, and grounds for possession in the fixed term.

Mandatory grounds

The court usually orders outright possession in cases involving mandatory grounds if the landlord can prove the existence of the ground. 

Discretionary grounds

The court must conclude it is reasonable to grant possession and has wide powers of adjournment in cases involving discretionary grounds. 

Grounds for possession

The court can only make an order for possession against an assured tenant if the landlord proves there is reason for possession. 

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