On 9 March 2022 the Supreme Court gave judgment in Croydon London Borough Council v Kalonga  UKSC 7.
It held that a landlord under a fixed term tenancy can recover possession during the fixed term in two circumstances only.
Firstly, if the tenancy contains a contractual break clause, the landlord may exercise that clause and then seek possession in a way similar to that applicable to periodic tenancies.
Secondly, if the tenancy contains a forfeiture clause, sections 82 and 86 of the Housing Act 1985 provide for a special form of forfeiture to apply.
For a summary of the judgment, see New Housing Law Cases below.
For the full judgment, click here.
For a brief explanation of the judgment by Justin Bates of Landmark Chambers, who appeared for Ms Kalonga in the Supreme Court, click here.