1139. Ground 1: non-payment of rent or breach of other obligation.

The court may, provided that it considers it reasonable to do so1, make an order2 for the possession of a dwelling house3 let under a secure tenancy4, where rent lawfully due from the tenant5 has not been paid6, or where an obligation of the tenancy7 has been broken or not performed8.

A pre-action protocol applies where proceedings are based solely on claims for rent arrears9. If the landlord unreasonably fails to comply with its terms, the court may make an order for costs against him, or (except where the court's discretion to postpone possession is limited by statute) it may