Notice Seeking Possession under Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988

Section 21 Notice to Terminate an Assured Shorthold Tenancy

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This Section 21 Notice to Terminate an Assured Shorthold Tenancy is designed for a Landlord to serve on an Assured Shorthold Tenant. It confirms that the Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) will come to an end on a date specified in the Notice. That date may be the last day of the fixed term or a later date.

The Notice is in the form required by Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 for properties in England. There is no prescribed form for properties in Wales. This form must be used to terminate an AST granted in England on or after 1 October 2015. It may also be used to terminate ASTs created before that date.

The Notice can be served on the Tenant using one of our covering letters, the Section 21(1)(b) Letter or the Section 21(4)(a) Letter. These letters can set out practical arrangements for vacating the Property.

Housing Law permits an Assured Shorthold Tenant to remain in occupation of the Property after the end of the fixed term of his Tenancy, unless the Landlord has served a valid Section 21 Notice. The Tenancy becomes a “periodic” AST.

Please note that this Notice is only suitable for ASTs. It cannot be used to terminate any other type of tenancy. Consider using a Section 8 Notice Seeking Possession or a Notice to Quit instead. These documents can be found in our “Terminating Tenancies” folder.

Serving this Notice is effectively the first step in the Accelerated Procedure for repossession of properties let on ASTs. If the court is satisfied that a valid Section 21 Notice has been served, it will order the Tenant to vacate the Property.

The termination date specified must be at least 2 months after the Notice is received by the Tenant. The earliest termination date is the end of the fixed term of the Tenancy. The termination date may fall at any time during the periodic tenancy.

Landlords need to have complied with certain legal obligations before they can serve a valid Section 21 Notice. See our Guidance on Section 8 and Section 21 Notices for further information.

This document is duplicated in the Terminating Tenancies subfolder.

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