Eviction of assured shorthold tenants

Find out about the eviction procedures a private landlord can use to end your assured shorthold tenancy.

How you can be evicted

Your landlord must follow a legal process when they want to end your assured shorthold tenancy. Most private rented tenants are assured shorthold tenants.

There are two different eviction procedures your landlord can use. These begin with giving you either a section 21 notice or a section 8 notice.

Your landlord can issue both types of eviction notice at the same time.

Throughout the eviction process you will have the same rights and responsibilities and you must continue to pay your rent.

Section 21 notice

A section 21 notice 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.

You will have at least 2 months’ notice but you don't need to leave when this ends.

Your landlord must follow certain rules for the notice to be valid. Your landlord cannot force you to leave and must go to court to evict you lawfully.

You can challenge an invalid notice in court.

The full eviction process takes an average of 7 to 8 months.

Ask the council for help if you're facing eviction

Section 8 notice

Your landlord can issue a section 8 notice at any time during your tenancy.

Your landlord must give a legal reason to end your tenancy, for example because you have:

  • rent arrears 
  • broken the terms of your tenancy agreement

They must follow the correct legal process and apply to a court to evict you.

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 16 Feb 2018 | © Shelter

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