Ending the tenancy in England and Wales

The law in England and Wales provides protection to tenants at the expiry of their tenancy. Tenants cannot be forced to leave their property at the expiry of their tenancy unless they either surrender the property voluntarily or are ordered by the court to give up possession. If a landlord evicts a tenant without a court order and/or through a surrender, there may be a breach of the tenant's rights under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977 and a criminal offence may have been committed.

This section details the procedures that can be used to regain possession where the tenant is not in rent arrears or otherwise in breach of contract.