Section 21 Guide

Welcome to this Guide to Section 21

Note that under the Coronavirus Act 2020 and subsequent regulations, the notice period for possession notices has now been increased to four months.  In view of the suspension of eviction proceedings between March and September 2020, there are massive delays at the courts.

As the coronavirus legislation is supposed to be temporary I have left the main text in this guide and have given information about the temporary changes in alert boxes like this one.  For information about notice periods please see the possession notices page which is where the updates to notice periods are being made.

Can you please visit the Coronavirus help page for more information and links to information services

In view of the complexity of the current rules due to the frequent changes by the government, we recommend that you use solicitors rather than try to bring a claim yourself. See our recommended solicitors here.

Section 21 is one of the most useful and one of the most frustrating sections in the whole of the Housing Act 1988.

On the one hand, it provides a relatively quick and straightforward way for landlords to evict tenants from rented properties after the end of the fixed term.  Even if they have done nothing wrong.

However, on the other hand, many landlords find the rules over-complex and confusing, particularly when drafting up the notice.  And many landlords have lost their case at court because of a seemingly trivial error in the section 21 notice.  Much to their annoyance!  So you need to take care.

This guide will help.  You can use it to check:

  • Whether you can use section 21, and
  • How to draft it properly using our templates

You will be guided by a series of questions and answers to the right answer and guidance for your situation.

However, this is a members only service (landlord standard members and +plus members) so if you are not a member you will need to join the site before you can use it.  Find out more by clicking the ‘join now’ button below.

If you are a member click the ‘start here’ button. Note that there are some navigation links under the trail logo but you are advised to follow all of the guide at least once or you may miss something important.