Section 21 Guide


Welcome to this Guide to Section 21 

Note - there are new regulations which came into force on 1 October 2015 for tenancies created in England after that date. These are covered towards the end of the guide.

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. 

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