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Landlord notices to leave

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Legal requirements that must be satisfied for a notice to be valid when served in relation to ending a tenancy or licence.

Landlord notice to quit

Tenancies and licences that can be ended by a notice to quit and the requirements for a valid notice. 

Section 21 notices

A landlord can serve Section 21 notice in prescribed form to end an assured shorthold tenancy (AST) without proving any ground for possession. 

Restrictions on section 21

Situations where a landlord cannot use the section 21 procedure to regain possession of an assured shorthold tenancy (AST). 

Assured tenancies

A landlord must serve a notice of seeking possession (NSP) on an assured tenant before applying to the court for a possession order. 

Secure tenancies

A landlord must serve a notice of seeking possession (NSP) on a secure tenant before applying to the court for a possession order. 

Flexible tenancies

The notice a landlord must serve on a flexible tenant before applying to the court for a possession order. 

Introductory tenancies

A landlord must first serve a section 128 notice on an introductory tenant before applying to the court for a possession order. 

Tenant's notice to end a regulated tenancy

Necessity of the notice to quit (NTQ) before applying to the court for a possession order depends on whether the tenancy is contractual or statutory. 

Occupiers with basic protection notice requirements

Landlords must serve a notice to quit (NTQ) on occupiers with basic protection having periodic tenancy, no notice needed at the end of the fixed term tenancy. 

Excluded occupiers notice requirements

Excluded tenancies or licences may be ended by contractual or common law notice and excluded occupiers can lawfully be evicted without a possession order. 

Demoted tenancies

The notice a landlord must serve on a demoted tenant before applying to the court for a possession order. 

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