Obtaining Possession under Sections 8 and 21 of the Housing Act 1988
Guidance on Section 8 and Section 21 Notices
This Guidance on Section 8 and Section 21 Notices looks at the ways a
Landlord can obtain possession of property from an assured or assured
The Guidance refers to the relevant provisions in the Housing Act 1988 and
points Landlords of properties in England and Wales towards the appropriate
letters and forms to use. For the avoidance of doubt, the England version
of the Section 21 Notice must be in the prescribed form, Form 6A.
This Guidance reflects the legislative changes affecting Residential
Landlords (and letting agents) in England under the Tenant Fees Act 2019
and in Wales under the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019. It has
been updated to reflect the extended notice periods provided for in the
Coronavirus Act 2020 for Section 8 and Section 21 Notices served up to 31
May 2021 in England and 30 June 2021 in Wales.
During the current pandemic the courts have introduced temporary arrangements to assist the courts with possession proceedings during these unprecedented times. There are currently steps which need to be considered prior to issuing Section 8 and Section 21 Notices. See our Guidance Notes: Obtaining Possession of Residential Property using the Accelerated Procedure and Guidance Notes: Possession Procedure for Rent Arrears (Section 8 of the Housing Act 1988)
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