When a landlord is looking to serve an eviction notice under an assured shorthold tenancy, there are two types of notices that a landlord can serve, which are:
1. Section 21 notice. A section 21 notice is commonly referred to as a ‘no-fault’ eviction. This eviction notice can only be served when a tenant’s fixed-term has ended or when the tenancy is open-ended. However, if you’re looking to evict a tenant for a particular reason, i.e. falling into rent arrears, you may consider serving a section 8 notice.
2. Section 8 notice. Unlike a section 21 notice, section 8 notices allow a landlord to terminate a tenancy and evict a tenant during the tenancy’s fixed term. Additionally, for a section 8 notice to be valid, the landlord will need to use one of the 17 grounds for repossession. Examples of grounds for repossession include: the property being repossessed by a mortgage lender, breach of the tenancy agreement, persistent late payment of rent, amongst others.