Tenant ends a PRPSH demoted tenancy
Different ways of terminating a PRPSH demoted tenancy by landlords or tenants and the change of the tenancy type on expiry of demotion period.
Expiry of demotion period
A PRPSH tenancy that had been assured or secure prior to demotion to a demoted assured shorthold tenancy becomes a periodic assured tenancy 12 months after the demotion order took effect.
Where the tenancy was a two-year (or more) fixed-term assured tenancy before the demotion order, the landlord can serve notice on the tenant setting out:
that after the expiry of the demotion order the tenancy will be a fixed term assured shorthold tenancy
the period of the fixed term, which must be a minimum of two years
the express terms of the tenancy
Extending demotion period
If the landlord has served a possession notice on the tenant during the demotion period, the demoted tenancy continues until either:
six months after the landlord served the notice (if the landlord does not bring proceedings)
the landlord withdraws the notice
the proceedings are decided in the tenant's favour
Surrender or notice to quit by tenant
Change of landlord
If the tenant is no longer occupying the property as their only or principal home, the tenancy (demoted and original) ends.
The tenancy is no longer demoted if the demotion order is quashed in court. The original status of the tenancy resumes.
Last updated: 4 March 2021