Covering Letter for Section 21(4)(a) Notice for a Periodic Tenancy

Covering Letter for Section 21(4)(a) Notice


This Covering Letter for Section 21(4)(a) Notice can be used by a Landlord who is serving a Section 21 Notice on an Assured Shorthold Tenant. A Section 21 Notice needs to be completed and enlcosed with this Letter. 

This Letter should only be used where the AST has been periodic from the start. There are very few such tenancies. An example would be a tenancy that has an initial term of one month and is allowed to run on after the initial period. In most cases, Landlord should use the Covering Letter for Section 21(1)(b) Notice.

The Letter includes practical information for the Tenant about the steps to be taken before they leave the property.

The Tenant is asked to sign a copy of the Letter and return it to the Landlord to confirm receipt. The Landlord must remember to send the Tenant two copies of the Letter and a stamped addressed envelope.

The Notice should be delivered by hand or sent by recorded delivery. Remember that the 2 month notice period begins from the time the Tenant receives the Letter, not when the Letter was posted. Always allow a few extra days when setting the termination date. For example, if the Letter is sent by recorded delivery on 25 June, do not give a termination date of 25 August. Instead, select a later date such as 28 August (or such later date as is the end of a period of the tenancy).

This Letter is duplicated in the Terminating Tenancies subfolder.

Optional phrases/clauses are enclosed in square brackets. These should be read carefully and selected so as to be compatible with one another. Unused options should be removed from the document.

This Covering Letter for Section 21(4)(a) Notice is in open format. Either enter the requisite details in the highlighted fields or adjust the wording to suit your purposes.

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