Section 21 Notices for Wales

Introduction

For most landlords, serving a section 21 notice will be the most common way for them to start to end a tenancy. This route to possession is simpler than serving a section 8 notice as it does not require them to attend a court hearing, or give a reason why they wish to receive possession. Instead, as long as the landlord has given the correct length of notice, met all the requirements for service, and used the correct form then the courts will provide a possession order in the post. This is known as accelerated possession.

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.

Both the Welsh and UK government have proposed a consultation on the abolition of section 21, the so called ‘no fault repossession’ route. Instead, landlords will only be able to repossess a property by using the fault based, section 8 notice route.

This is proposed for both England and Wales though as it is only at the consultation stage, no time frame for implementation has been set.

RLA research has shown that the majority of ‘no fault’ repossessions are based on the behaviour of the tenant. Evictions usually occur as a result of rent arrears or anti-social behaviour. Likely because fault based repossessions can take on average half a year to complete.

The RLA takes the view that if section 21 is removed, it should only be done once landlords can reliably and quickly evict tenants who are in serious rent arrears or another breach of their tenancy. Without this certainty landlords may choose to leave the market or only rent to the most financially secure tenants, increasing homelessness as a result.

Over the coming days, the RLA will be asking for your opinions on this, as well as continuing to campaign for the interests of our members.

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The section 21 notices on this page are only for use with assured shorthold tenancies in Wales.

If your property is in England, then please go to this page instead.

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