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Section 8 Notice to Quit / Eviction Notice

What are the legal grounds for issuing a Section 8 Notice to evict a tenant?

A Section 8 notice is a formal notice that can be issued by a landlord to a tenant in England, informing them that they have breached the terms of their tenancy agreement.

There are mandatory grounds for issuing a Section 8 notice, which include:

- Ground 1: landlord taking property as their own home

- Ground 2: mortgage repossession

- Ground 3: holiday let

- Ground 4: property tied to an educational institution

- Ground 5: housing for a minister of religion

- Ground 6: refurbishment

- Ground 7: death of the tenant

- Ground 7A: conviction for serious offence

- Ground 7B: service on landlord of notice by Secretary of State in respect of illegal immigrants

- Ground 8: rent arrears

If any of these grounds exist, then the landlord can issue a Section 8 notice and begin eviction proceedings against the tenant. It is important to note that a Section 8 notice can only be issued if there is a valid reason for doing so - if the landlord simply wants the tenant to leave without cause, then they must follow the proper procedures for issuing a Notice to Quit.

There are also 'discretionary' grounds for issuing a sectiuon 8 notice, and these grounds include:

There are a number of discretionary grounds for issuing a Section 8 notice in England. These include:

- Ground 8: The tenant has not paid rent

- Ground 10: The tenant has caused nuisance or annoyance to other occupants or neighbours

- Ground 11: The tenant has used the property for illegal or immoral purposes

- Ground 12: The tenant has been convicted of a serious criminal offence committed in the property or surrounding area

- Ground 13: The tenant has breached the terms of their tenancy agreement

- Ground 14: The property is in disrepair and the tenant has failed to carry out repairs

- Ground 15: The tenant has left the property unoccupied for a period of time

- Ground 17: The landlord intends to sell the property or carry out major repairs/refurbishment works.

These are just some of the discretionary grounds for issuing a Section 8 notice in England. For more information, you should speak to a solicitor or housing advisor.

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Section 8 Notice to Quit / Eviction Notice