What is a Section 8 notice and a Section 21 notice?
If your tenant has an Assured Shorthold Tenancy, you can serve Section 8 notice or a Section 21 notice to evict them. Under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977, tenants are protected from unlawful eviction, so it is vital to follow the legal process.
A Section 8 notice is appropriate when there has been a tenancy agreement breach. For example, the Tenant is not paying their rent, or they are using your property for illegal purposes. You can claim rent arrears through a Section 8 notice.
A Section 21 notice is less contentious. It is simply notice that you would like to recover your property when the Tenancy agreement ends or after it ends, but you cannot recover unpaid rent through this notice.
Section 21 notices can only be issued when a tenant has been living in a property for longer than four months, and they must be given at least two months’ notice to leave.