Section 21 Notice

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Possession at Tenancy End

This is known as Accelerated Possession and is based simply on the fact that the tenancy has come to an end (or a break clause has been exercised) and a valid Section 21 notice has been properly served and has also expired. You cannot serve it before you become the landlord so do not do this before the day the tenancy starts. You cannot serve the notice until after any deposit has been placed in a Tenancy Deposit scheme and the tenant given the Prescribed Information.

On this page we explain in more detail exactly what a Section 21 notice is, the different types of Section 21 notices, guidance on the correct procedure to follow and links to download Section 21 notice, court form N5b and court form N325

What is a Section 21 notice?

A Section 21 Housing Act 1988 notice is the first step to obtaining the property back when there is “no fault” alleged i.e. the landlord wants to regain possession of a property at the end of an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) or wishes to exercise a “Break Clause”. The landlord is able to issue the tenant with a Section 21 notice without giving any reason for ending the tenancy agreement.

There are 2 types of Section 21 notice

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