Section 21 eviction

Section 21 eviction process

From 1 October 2021 section 21 notice periods returned to 2 months.

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

An eviction through the courts can take several months.

The bailiffs must give you at least 2 weeks' notice of an eviction date.

Your landlord must follow eviction rules.

It's an illegal eviction if you're forced to leave without the legal process being followed.

Your tenancy rights and responsibilities continue through the legal eviction process. Keep paying rent during this time.

1. Notice

A section 21 notice is sometimes called a 'no fault' notice because your landlord does not need to give a reason for the notice.

The section 21 notice must still give the right amount of notice and be on the correct form.

Your landlord must follow rules if they want to give you a section 21. For example, protect your deposit and give you a gas safety certificate.

Check if a section 21 notice is valid.

2. Court action

Your landlord can apply for a possession order if you stay past the date on the notice.

There may not be a hearing if your landlord uses the 'accelerated procedure' so it's important to return your defence form.

A judge decides if a hearing is needed by looking at the information they have from you and your landlord.

The court can only stop an eviction if there's a problem with the section 21 notice.

Find out more about the court process.

3. Bailiffs

Only court bailiffs can evict you from your home.

Your landlord can apply for bailiffs if you stay in your home past the date on a possession order. They might use either:

  • county court bailiffs

  • high court enforcement officers

The bailiffs must give you at least 2 weeks' notice of the eviction date.

Last updated: 30 September 2021

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