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Evicting tenants: what notice is required before issuing proceedings?



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Thu 3 March 2022 Evicting tenants: what notice is required before issuing proceedings?

There are certain procedures a landlord must follow when tenants are being evicted from a property. This article explains the requirements for ending an assured shorthold tenancy (AST), which is the most common form of tenancy. A pro-active tenant can often defeat a possession claim due to technical failures on the part of the landlord. We will also consider the required notice periods and deadlines for issuing proceedings.

Difference between s8 and s21 notice 

There are two different procedures for terminating an AST under section 8 and section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. 

Section 8 notice to quit 

Section 21 notice to quit 

S21 notice and COVID

Notice periods were extended during the pandemic, however, this extension has now ended. If you need to determine whether notices given prior to 01 October 2021 are valid, you can use this notice checker by Shelter. In Wales, the minimum period of notice will remain at six months' notice until at least 24 March 2022. 

When does a s21 or s8 notice expire? 

Under the section 8 procedure, proceedings must be started within 12 months after the notice is served. 

With a section 21 procedure, possession proceedings need to be brought within six months of the date of service of the notice. If the date specified in the notice is more than two months after it was served, the proceedings can be initiated no later than four months from that date.

The requirements of these notices and subsequent proceedings can be very specific. Landlords often fall foul of the requirements under s.21, providing the tenant with an opportunity to dismiss the claims at Court.

Mark Quinn is an experienced solicitor who deals with possession claims on behalf of both landlords and tenants and can be contacted directly by email by clicking the 'contact us' should you require any further information.


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