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Section 8 Notice to Quit / Eviction Notice

What notice do you have to give to a tenant when using Section 8?

 
GroundModified notice period: 26 March 2020 - 28 August 2020Modified notice period: 29 August 2020 - 31 May 2021Modified notice period: 1 June - 30 September 2021Return to pre-Coronavirus Act 2020 notice period: from 1 October 2021
Mandatory (judge must award possession if ground met)        
1: Landlord wants to move in 3 months 6 months 4 months 2 months
2: Mortgage repossession 3 months 6 months 4 months 2 months
3: Out of season holiday let 3 months 6 months 4 months 2 weeks
4: Let to student by an educational institution 3 months 6 months 4 months 2 weeks
5: Property required for use by minister of religion 3 months 6 months 4 months 2 months
6: Demolition / redevelopment 3 months 6 months 4 months 2 months
7: Death of tenant 3 months 3 months 2 months 2 months
7a: Serious anti-social behaviour 3 months 4 weeks (periodic tenancy)

1 month (fixed term tenancy)
4 weeks (periodic tenancy

1 month (fixed term tenancy)
4 weeks (periods tenancy)

1 months (fixed-term tenancy)
7b: No right to rent in the UK 3 months 3 months 2 weeks 2 weeks
8: Serious rent arrears at time of service of notice and possession proceedings 3 months (a) 4 weeks where arrears are at least 6 months

(b) 6 months where arrears are less than 6 months
a) 4 weeks where arrears are at least 4 months

b) 4 months where arrears are less than 4 months

From 1 August 2021 - 2 months’ notice where arrears are less than 4 months
2 weeks
Discretionary (judge can decide whether to award possession, if ground met)        
9: Alternative accommodation available 3 months 6 months 4 months 2 months
10: Some rent arrears at the time of service of notice and possession proceedings 3 months a) 4 weeks where arrears are at least 6 months
b) 6 months where arrears are less than 6 months
a) 4 weeks where arrears are at least 4 months

b) 4 months where arrears are less than 4 months

From 1 August 2021- 2 months’ notice where arrears are less than 4 months
2 weeks
11: Persistent late payment of rent 3 months a) 4 weeks where arrears are at least 6 months

b) 6 months where arrears are less than 6 months
a) 4 weeks where arrears are at least 4 months

b) 4 months where arrears are less than 4 months

From 1 August 2021- 2 months’ notice where arrears are less than 4 months
2 weeks
12: Breach of tenancy agreement 3 months 6 months 4 months 2 weeks
13: Tenant deteriorated property 3 months 6 months 4 months 2 weeks
14: Nuisance/annoyance, illegal/immoral use of property 3 months None - proceedings may be commenced immediately after service of notice None- proceedings may be commenced immediately after service of notice None – proceedings may be commenced immediately after service of notice
14A: Domestic abuse (social tenancies only – where victim has permanently left the property) 3 months 2 weeks 2 weeks 2 weeks
14ZA: Rioting 3 months 2 weeks 2 weeks 2 weeks
15: Tenant has deteriorated furniture 3 months 6 months 4 months 2 weeks
16: Employment 3 months 6 months 4 months 2 months
17: False statement 3 months 2 weeks 2 weeks 2 weeks

When it comes to eviction, there are different notice periods that landlords need to give to their tenants depending on the reason for eviction. If you're a landlord wanting to evict a tenant who is on Section 8, then you need to give them a notice period of at least 14 days. This notice must be in writing and must state the reason for the eviction.

If the tenant has not paid their rent, then the notice period can be shorter than 14 days. However, if the tenant has been disruptive or has caused damage to property, then the notice period must be at least 30 days.

It's important to note that these notice periods are minimums - landlords can choose to give longer notice periods if they wish. However, if the notice period is shorter than what's stated above, then the eviction may not be legal.

If you're a landlord and you're thinking of evicting a tenant, make sure you check the relevant notice periods first. This will ensure that you're following the law and that your eviction is carried out correctly.


Section 8 Notice to Quit / Eviction Notice