Eviction of assured shorthold tenants
From 1 June 2021 bailiffs can carry out section 21 evictions again. The process still takes time and notice from your landlord is only the start of the process.
How you can be evicted
There are 2 different processes your landlord could use to end your tenancy.
These start with giving you either a:
section 21 notice
section 8 notice
Your landlord might give both types of eviction notice at the same time.
When the notice period ends your landlord can apply to court for an eviction order.
Section 21 notice
This is the most common way for your landlord to start the eviction process. Your landlord doesn’t need to give a reason to end your tenancy with this notice.
How long your section 21 notice needs to be depends on when you got it. Notice periods have changed several times during coronavirus.
|When you were given notice||Minimum notice period|
|On or after 1 June 2021||4 months|
|Between 29 August 2020 and 31 May 2021||6 months|
|Between 26 March and 28 August 2020||3 months|
|Before 26 March 2020||2 months|
You don't have to leave when the notice ends unless you're ready to do so.
Your tenancy rights and responsibilities continue after the date on a section 21.
Continue to pay rent and only agree a move out date if you've found somewhere else to live. For example, if you sign a tenancy agreement for a new home.
Section 8 notice
Your landlord can give you a section 8 notice if they have a legal reason or 'ground'.
Most section 8 notices are for rent arrears.
Notice periods for rent arrears are getting shorter.
This table shows the minimum notice periods if you get a notice for rent arrears between 1 August and 30 September 2021.
|Rent arrears||Minimum notice period|
|Less than 4 months' arrears||2 months' notice|
|4 months' arrears or more||4 weeks' notice|
Your landlord can give you an even shorter notice in some situations. For example, antisocial behaviour.
Your landlord can apply to court once the notice period ends.
If you want to end your tenancy
If you want to leave your home at any stage during the eviction process, you must still end your tenancy correctly.
Different rules apply if you have a:
Last updated: 30 July 2021