- Section 21 Notices – Brief Overview
- The word “on”, “at” or “after” in a section 21(4)(a) notice
- Service of Section 21 before or beginning of a tenancy
- No calendar date required in section 21(4)(a) notice
- How long does Section 21 notice last?
- Covering Letter with Notice
- Unlicensed HMO and Service of a Section 21 Notice
- Section 21 Notices – Local Authorities homelessness decisions
- Does a section 21 notice need to be signed?
- Prescribed Information (How To Rent Guide) To Be provided
- How To Understand Retaliatory Evictions
- Time Limits For Serving And Using A Section 21
- New Prescribed Section 21 Form
- Prescribed Legal Requirements Before Serving A Section 21 Notice
- Tenancy Deposits and Serving a Section 21 Notice
For any tenancy granted on or after 1 October 2015 (or for all tenancies on or after 1 October 2018) this article only applies to Wales. For tenancies granted in England on or after 1 October 2015, please see this article discussing changes to time-scales of a section 21 notice introduced by the Deregulation Act 2015.
Section 21 Housing Act 1988 contains no time limit as to when a section 21 notice may be acted upon once expired. Therefore, once served, a possession order may be obtained any time after it’s expiry unless it has been withdrawn or a new tenancy has been granted since the notice was served. This can be compared with a section 8 notice (normally used for rent arrears) which has a 12 month lifetime before a new one would need serving [section 8(3)(c) Housing Act 1988].
We have personally enforced a section 21 notice more than 5 years after service and was successful.
It would be wise for a landlord wishing to act on a notice some time after expiry (for example a year after expiry) to write to the tenant as it might be quite a shock if the first thing they heard was a court letter.