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The Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1983

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Ground 1N.I.

Any rent lawfully due from the tenant has not been paid or any obligation of the tenancy has been broken or not performed.

[F1Ground 2N.I.

The tenant or a person residing in or visiting the dwelling-house—

(a)has been guilty of conduct causing or likely to cause a nuisance or annoyance to a person residing, visiting or otherwise engaging in a lawful activity in the locality, or

(b)has been convicted of—

(i)[F2an offence involving] using the dwelling-house or allowing it to be used for immoral or illegal purposes, or

(ii)an [F3indictable] offence committed in, or in the locality of, the dwelling-house.]

[F4Ground 2AN.I.

[F5The dwelling-house was occupied (whether alone or with others) by[F6 a married couple, a couple who are civil partners of each other] a couple living together as husband and wife[F6 or a couple living together as if they were civil partners] and—

(a)one or both of the partners is a tenant of the dwelling-house,

(b)one partner has left because of violence or threats of violence by the other towards—

(i)that partner, or

(ii)a member of the family of that partner who was residing with that partner immediately before the partner left, and

(c)the court is satisfied that the partner who has left is unlikely to return while the other continues to occupy the dwelling-house.]]

Ground 3N.I.

The condition of the dwelling-house or of any of the common parts has deteriorated owing to acts of waste by, or the neglect or default of, the tenant or any person residing in the dwelling-house and, in the case of any act of waste by, or the neglect or default of, a person lodging with the tenant or a sub-tenant of his, the tenant has not taken such steps as he ought reasonably to have taken for the removal of the lodger or sub-tenant.

In this paragraph, “the common parts” means any part of a building comprising the dwelling-house, and any other premises which the tenant is entitled under the terms of the tenancy to use in common with the occupiers of other dwelling-houses let by the landlord.

Ground 4N.I.

The condition of any relevant furniture has deteriorated owing to ill-treatment by the tenant or any person residing in the dwelling-house and, in the case of any ill-treatment by a person lodging with the tenant or a sub-tenant of his, the tenant has not taken such steps as he ought reasonably to have taken for the removal of the lodger or sub-tenant.

In this paragraph “relevant furniture” means any furniture provided by the landlord for use under the tenancy or for use in any of the common parts (within the meaning given in Ground 3).

Ground 5N.I.

The tenant is the person, or one of the persons, to whom the tenancy was granted and the landlord was induced to grant the tenancy by a false statement made knowingly or recklessly by—

[F7(a)the tenant, or

(b)a person acting at the tenant's instigation.]

[F8Ground 5AN.I.

The tenancy was assigned to the tenant, or to a predecessor in title of his who is a member of his family and is residing in the dwelling‐house, by an assignment made by virtue of Article 32A and a premium was paid either in connection with that assignment or the assignment which the tenant or predecessor himself made by virue of that Article.

In this paragraph “premium” means any fine or other like sum and any other pecuniary consideration in addition to rent.]

Ground 6N.I.

The dwelling-house was made available for occupation by the tenant[F9 (or a predecessor in title of his)] while works were carried out on the dwelling-house which he previously occupied as his only or principal home and—

(a)[F9the tenant or predecessor] was a secure tenant of that other dwelling-house at the time when he ceased to occupy it as his home;

(b)[F9the tenant or predecessor] accepted the tenancy of the dwelling-house of which possession is sought on the understanding that he would give up occupation when, on completion of the works, the other dwelling-house was again available for occupation by him under a secure tenancy; and

(c)the works have been completed and the other dwelling-house is so available.

Ground 7N.I.

The landlord intents, within a reasonable time of obtaining possession of the dwelling-house—

(a)to demolish or reconstruct the building or part of the building comprising the dwelling-house; or

(b)to carry out work on that building or on land let together with, and thus treated as part of, the dwelling-house;

and cannot reasonably do so without obtaining possession of the dwelling-house.

Ground 8N.I.

The dwelling-house has features which are substantially different from those of ordinary dwelling-houses and which are designed to make it suitable for occupation by a physically disabled person who requires accommodation of a kind provided by the dwelling-house and—

(a)there is no longer such a person residing in the dwelling-house; and

(b)the landlord requires it for occupation (whether alone or with other members of his family) by such a person.

Ground 9N.I.

The dwelling-house is let by a registered housing association which lets dwelling-houses only for occupation (alone or with others) by persons whose circumstances (other than merely financial circumstances) make it especially difficult for them to satisfy their need for housing; and—

(a)either there is no longer such a person residing in the dwelling-house or the tenant has received from the Executive an offer of accommodation in premises which are to be let as a separate dwelling under a secure tenancy; and

(b)the association requires the dwelling-house for occupation (whether alone or with other members of his family) by such a person.

Ground 10N.I.

The dwelling-house is one of a group of dwelling-houses which it is the practice of the landlord to let for occupation by persons with special needs and—

(a)a social service or special facility is provided in close proximity to the group of dwelling-houses in order to assist persons with those special needs;

(b)there is no longer a person with those special needs residing in the dwelling-house; and

(c)the landlord requires the dwelling-house for occupation (whether alone or with other members of his family) by a person who has those special needs.

Ground 11N.I.

The accommodation afforded by the dwelling-house is more extensive than is reasonably required by the tenant and—

(a)the tenancy vested in the tenant, by virtue of Article 26, on the death of the previous tenant;

(b)the tenant was qualified to succeed by virtue of paragraph (2) (b) of that Article; and

(c)notice of the proceedings for possession was served under Article 28[F10 (or, where no such notice was served, the proceedings for possession were begun)] more than six months, but less than twelve months, after the date of the previous tenant's death.

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