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.

A tenant can only ask the court to stop the eviction if the section 21 notice is not valid. More about how to complete a successful Section 21 within the TLA Document – Section 21 >

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