On 28 February 1997 a number of changes were made to the Housing Act 19881 by the Housing Act 19962 affecting, principally, the creation of assured shorthold tenancies3, their interaction with assured agricultural occupancies4 and the grounds for possession available in relation to assured shorthold tenancies and assured agricultural occupancies under the 1988 Act.
The principal intention of the changes brought about by the 1996 Act was to simplify the grant of assured shorthold tenancies and thus reduce the number of fully protected assured tenancies created in error. However, many
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