Section 21 eviction

Coronavirus update

A section 21 notice must give at least 6 months' notice at the moment.

Your landlord can only apply to court after the notice period ends.

The courts are open but some hearings may be held remotely. There is a backlog of cases and the eviction process takes time.

Bailiffs can't carry out section 21 evictions until after 31 May due to the lockdown.

What is a section 21 notice?

A section 21 notice starts the legal process to end an assured shorthold tenancy. Most private renters have this type of tenancy.

You can be given a section 21 notice during a:

  • rolling periodic tenancy

  • fixed term tenancy - if there's a break clause

It gives a date for you to leave your home. But your tenancy continues if you stay past that date. Your landlord must apply to court if they still want you to leave.

If your landlord tries to evict you without going to court first, it could be an illegal eviction.

Moving out before the end of the notice

You may want to leave before the end of the notice if you find somewhere else to live.

Make sure you agree an end date to the tenancy with your landlord if you move out before the end of the notice. Keep letters, emails or texts as evidence of what is agreed.

A section 21 notice means your landlord wants you to leave so they should be happy to agree an earlier move out date.

Find out more about how you can give notice to end your tenancy.

Staying past the end of a notice

Your tenancy continues if you stay past the date in a section 21 notice until you either:

  • leave the property voluntarily

  • are evicted through the legal process

Last updated: 30 March 2021

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