A forfeiture clause relates to how the landlord can regain possession if the tenant breaches the lease terms, also known as the right of re-entry clause. The clause itself does not allow a landlord or agent to repossess a property (which can only be done by a court bailiff), but it must still be included in a tenancy agreement because it is necessary to formally warn the tenant what may happen if they breach the tenancy agreement. The landlord could then start proceedings to take the property back in the event of a breach.

A forfeiture clause is essential because it allows a landlord to evict a tenant during the fixed term under specific certain circumstances (as laid out in Housing Act 1988) even though forfeiture cannot be used for assured/assured shorthold tenancies.

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