Tenants have protection from illegal evictions, which means if the tenant is not leaving on its own, then Landlord would have to serve a valid section 21 notice and get possession orders from the court.
Tenancy does not terminate with the expiry of the fixed term, if the tenant stays on , the tenancy rolls into a periodic monthly tenancy, so, if the tenant stays on at the expiry of the fixed term or at notice period, then Landlord can approach the court for possession orders.
Landlord can initiate the court proceedings within 10 months from the date of the expiry of the notice period.
If there are no rent arrears, then Landlord can go for an accelerated possession orders.
In an accelerated possession orders ,once your application is approved, the court will send your tenants a copy of the application.
Tenants have 14 days to challenge the application, from the date they receive it.
A judge will decide either to:
issue a possession order that states your tenants must leave the property (this is normally the case)
have a court hearing (this usually only happens if the paperwork is not in order or your tenants raise an important issue)
Even if there’s a hearing, the court can still decide to issue a possession order.
If the tenants are in an exceptionally difficult situation the judge may give them up to 6 weeks.
Once the possession order is given , tenants have to leave by 14 days from the date of the court orders, if they don't then Landlord can enforced the orders via bailiffs