Eviction of assured shorthold tenants

Coronavirus update: evictions are on hold

All court action for eviction has been put on hold until at least 23 August.

Your landlord can't get a court order to evict you until after that date.

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 start with giving you either a:

  • section 21 notice
  • section 8 notice

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

If your landlord tries to evict you themselves without going to court, this will be an illegal eviction.

Keep paying your rent through the eviction process. You have the same rights and responsibilities as usual

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.

A section 21 notice must give you at least

  • 2 months if given before 26 March 2020
  • 3 months if given on or after 26 March 2020

You don't need to leave when this ends. Your landlord must go to court to evict you lawfully.

Your landlord must follow certain rules for the notice to be valid. You can challenge an invalid notice in court.

Normally the full eviction process takes an average of 7 to 8 months. At the moment all court action for eviction is on hold until at least 23 August because of the coronavirus outbreak. Once court action starts again, there are likely to be delays. 

Ask your local 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 or 'ground' to end your tenancy - for example because you have:

  • rent arrears
  • broken the terms of your tenancy agreement

The notice period is 3 months if you're given a section 8 on or after 26 March 2020.

If you were given a notice before 26 March, the notice period was either 2 weeks, 4 weeks or 2 months depending which grounds your landlord included.

Your landlord 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 08 June 2020 | © Shelter

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