Hamario: if you yourself have ever lived in the flat as owner-occupier, forget use of AST. Instead, let on Standard Assured Tenancy BUT, before granting it, serve a Notice under ground 1 of Schedule 2. That Notice gives you an equivalent "right to posseession" route, similar to s.21 yet without the AST's six-month problem.
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