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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 shorthold tenant.

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.

It has been updated to reflect that notice periods (which were extended during the Covid-19 pandemic), have now reverted to pre-pandemic lengths from 01 October 2021 for England and 25 March 2022 for Wales.

Note that the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016, which will come into force on 15 July 2022, will substantially change how the private rented sector will operate in Wales and there will be different procedures for evicting contract-holders from a dwelling. Relevant templates and guidance will be available in due course.

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