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Notices: Assured shorthold tenancies

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Notice requirements for assured shorthold tenancies.

The section 21 notice procedure is the most commonly used. This procedure allows a landlord to recover possession of an assured shorthold tenancy (AST) without proving any ground for possession.

Landlords can also end an AST by serving a notice of seeking possession (NSP) when relying on a ground(s) for possession, in the same way as for assured tenancies. For further information about NSPs see Notices for assured tenancies.

exclamation Please, note that from 27 March 2020, all ongoing possession proceedings are suspended for 90 days. For more information about emergency measures introduced to deal with the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on tenants, visit the Protection for tenants page in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and housing section.

Section 21 notices

Section 21 notice requirements for ending an assured shorthold tenancy (AST) without proving any ground for possession. 

Restrictions on use of section 21

The situations where a landlord cannot use the section 21 procedure to regain possession of an assured shorthold tenancy (AST). 

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