Most private landlords can give a section 21 notice as a first step towards ending an assured shorthold tenancy. Most private renters have this type of tenancy.
A section 21 is sometimes called a ‘no fault’ notice as a landlord doesn’t need to give a reason for wanting the property back.
When the notice period ends a landlord can apply to a court for a possession order.
Why landlords use section 21
Landlords use section 21 for a variety of reasons. For example, if they want to:
- move into the property themselves
- sell the property without a tenant living there
Some landlords use section 21 because they don’t want to deal with repairs when the tenant complains.
You might also [as a landlord] issue a section 21 if your tenant owes rent or, as a landlord, you are worried that your tenant might fall into arrears.
Stopping a section 21 eviction
A tenant may be able to persuade a landlord to stay. For example, if a tenant was able to make an agreement to repay any arrears.
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