Section 21 eviction

How long a section 21 eviction takes

Total time to eviction

Normally 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.

At the moment evictions are on hold until 23 August because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Court action for eviction after that date is likely to take longer than usual.

Time for each stage

Notice period

valid 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

Court order

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

It can take less time if the landlord uses the accelerated procedure.

Court action for eviction is on hold until at least 23 August.

When court action for eviction starts again, there are likely to be delays. This means it may take longer for your landlord to get a possession order.

Eviction by bailiffs

If you don't leave by the date on possession order your landlord can apply to court for bailiffs to evict you. It can take up to 2 months for the eviction to take place. 

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.

Once court action for eviction starts again, delays may mean it takes longer for bailiffs to evict.

Last updated 08 June 2020 | © Shelter

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