Eviction notices from private landlords

Coronavirus update:

You're now entitled to 3 months’ notice. This won’t apply if you got your notice before 26 March 2020.

But all court action for eviction has been suspended until the end of June, so your landlord can't take things further at the moment.

When written notice is needed

Your landlord should usually give you notice in writing. This applies even if you don't have a written tenancy agreement.

How much notice you get depends on the:

  • type of tenancy 
  • reasons your landlord wants you to leave

Use our tenancy checker if you're not sure what type of tenancy you have.


Your landlord still normally needs to give you notice if you live with them. This doesn't have to be in writing unless your agreement says so.  

They should give you reasonable notice to leave. As you are an excluded occupier your landlord won't need a court order to evict you.

Section 21 notices

A section 21 notice is the most common way for a private landlord to end an assured shorthold tenancy. Most private renters have assured shorthold tenancies. 

Your landlord doesn't need to give a reason why they want you to leave if they use the section 21 eviction process.

Section 8 notices

A section 8 notice can be used by a private landlord who wants to evict an assured shorthold tenant or an assured tenant for a legal reason. 

You usually get 2 weeks' notice if you're in rent arrears or break the terms of your tenancy agreement. 

You get 2 months' notice if the landlord wants the property back for a reason that's not your fault. For example, if the previous tenant has died and you inherited the tenancy.

There's always a court hearing and in some cases you can prevent a section 8 eviction.

Notice to quit

Your landlord can give you notice to quit to end your tenancy if you are an occupier with basic protection.

This includes:

  • some property guardians
  • students in halls of residence
  • if you live in the same house as your landlord but don't share living accommodation

They can do this if you have a periodic or rolling agreement.

A notice to quit must:

  • give you at least 4 weeks' notice
  • end on the first or last day of a rental period
  • contain certain legal information, including where to get advice

Regulated tenancies

This type of notice can also be used to end a regulated or protected tenancy.

If your landlord has already given you this notice in the past, they won't usually need to give you a new one.

You have strong rights if you're a regulated or protected tenant. In most cases you can only be evicted if both:

Last updated 26 Sep 2019 | © Shelter

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