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

Most private renters are assured shorthold tenants.

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.

It's an illegal eviction if your landlord or agent try to evict you without notice or a court order. Only bailiffs can carry out an eviction.

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 noticeMinimum notice period
On or after 1 June 20214 months
Between 29 August 2020 and 31 May 20216 months
Between 26 March and 28 August 20203 months
Before 26 March 20202 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 arrearsMinimum notice period
Less than 4 months' arrears2 months' notice
4 months' arrears or more4 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

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