What is the difference between a section 21 and a section 8?

In simple terms, the primary difference is a section 21 doesn’t require the landlord to provide their tenant with a reason for the eviction. In comparison, a section 8 notice requires the landlord to cite at least one of the 17 grounds for eviction.

However, suppose a landlord was to serve a section 21 notice, in that case, they must ensure they have fulfilled all their responsibilities as a landlord for the notice to be valid.

Couple moving out of their apartment after being served a valid section 21 notice
Apartment building where landlords have served their tenants witth a section 21

What if the tenant hasn’t vacated the property by the notice date?

A section 21 notice doesn’t legally end the tenancy. The notice urges the tenant to evict the property. Suppose a tenant refuses to move out of the premises by the date outlined in the notice, in that case, the landlord can issue an accelerated possession claim in court.

In a circumstance where the tenant hasn’t left the property following the landlord issuing a possession claim, the final step would be a landlord applying for a warrant of possession. Suppose the courts grant the application for a warrant of possession. In that case, it will permit bailiffs to remove the tenants from the property.

one of our eviction solicitors drafting and serving an eviction notice