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Section 21 Notice

Section 21 Notice


In order to evict a tenant you must follow strict legal procedure. An amendment to the Housing Act in 1996 made it a legal obligation for landlords to issue tenants with a written notice to quit a rental property – and this must be done legally, by issuing a Section 21 Notice.


You can use a Section 21Notice to evict a tenant with an assured shorthold tenancy. You can use a Section 21 Notice to evict your tenants either;


  • After a fixed term tenancy ends – if there’s a written contract
  • During a ‘periodic tenancy’ – a tenancy with no fixed end date


A Section 21 Notice must give your tenants at least 2 months’ notice to leave the property. In order for the notice to be considered legal it must;


  • Be delivered in writing, giving the tenant at least two months’ notice
  • Be on the correct form if the tenant signed a new contract or renewal agreement on or after 1 October 2015.


Due to the different sections of the S21 notice and the many different types of tenancies that can be issued, carrying out a S21 notice can be complex. Duncan Lewis’ Housing Team can advise landlords on all matters regarding the issue of a Section 21 Notice to Quit, and can assist landlords, ensuring that the S21 is issued correctly and legally.


Get in Touch


Duncan Lewis advises landlords get in touch as soon as possible in cases involving the issue of a Section 21 Notice. Our expert Housing solicitors can advise on cases where a tenant does not leave by a the due date, in which case it may be required to apply to the court for a possession order to be able to evict the tenant. We can also advise on dispute resolution and mediation as alternatives to court action in S21 disputes.


For expert legal advice on issuing your tenant a Section 21 order and other possession orders, do not hesitate to contact one of our expert Duncan Lewis Housing Solicitors as soon as possible on 033 3772 0409.


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