Termination of Tenancies for Tenant Default

Current project status

  • Initiation: Could include discussing scope and terms of reference with lead Government Department
  • Pre-consultation: Could include approaching interest groups and specialists, producing scoping and issues papers, finalising terms of project
  • Consultation: Likely to include consultation events and paper, making provisional proposals for comment
  • Policy development: Will include analysis of consultation responses. Could include further issues papers and consultation on draft Bill
  • Reported: Usually recommendations for law reform but can be advice to government, scoping report or other recommendations

This project is complete. We are awaiting the Government's response to our recommendations

In this project we set out to reform the means by which a landlord can terminate a fixed term commercial or residential tenancy where the tenant has not complied with their obligations.

This project was completed in 2006. Following on from its response to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee report on leasehold reform in July 2019, Government asked the Law Commission to undertake a review of this work alongside the Law Commission’s wider work on residential leasehold and commonhold.

That review is now underway, after which we will await the Government’s response to our recommendations.

The project

Our recommendations were published in a report on 31 October 2006.

Our report was based on a consultation we conducted in January 2004.



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Project details

Area of law

Property, family and trust law