Section 21 eviction

How long a section 21 eviction takes

Coronavirus update:

You're entitled to at least 3 months' notice if you get a notice between 26 March and 30 September 2020.

The longer notice period won't apply if you got your notice before 26 March. But all further court action for eviction has been suspended for 90 days, so your landlord can't take things any further until at least the end of June.

Total time to eviction

The full eviction process for a private tenant takes an average of 5 to 6 months.

This covers from when your landlord serves a section 21 notice to when county court bailiffs come to evict you. Timeline of a Section 21 eviction

The process could be faster if:

  • your landlord wastes no time applying to the court
  • a hearing isn't needed or is listed quickly
  • there's a low waiting time for the bailiffs

Time for each stage

Notice period

valid section 21 notice must give you at least 2 months' notice to leave.

Court order

On average, it takes just under 2 months for the court to make a possession order once the landlord applies to court.

It could be a matter of weeks if your landlord uses the accelerated procedure as there won’t always be a court hearing.

Bailiff's eviction

If you don't leave after a possession order, it can take between 1 and 2 months for the court to agree that bailiffs can evict you and set a date.

The time can be quicker if your landlord uses High Court bailiffs, also known as High Court enforcement officers. It could be days rather than weeks.

Last updated 04 Oct 2019 | © Shelter

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