Landlords Take Note! New Section 8 Notice

Landlords Take Note! New Section 8 Notice

01 Jun 2015
With effect from 6th April 2015 there is a new procedure relating to Section 8 notices seeking possession of properties let on assured shorthold tenancy or an assured tenancy during the fixed term. 
At Hartlaw we can advise you on the correct notice to use and make sure your prospects of successfully recovering possession of your property are maximised. If necessary, we can then advise you on the best way to enforce your possession order.

If you are a residential landlord, you will no doubt be aware of how important it is to make sure your notice seeking possession of property is correct; particularly when you are seeking to end the tenancy during the fixed term. Get it wrong and you are likely to be disappointed at the possession hearing and have wasted time and money.

Key Points to be aware of:

•    Form 3 Notice - If you are seeking possession of a property let on an assured shorthold tenancy or an assured tenancy after the 6th April 2015 you should use the new prescribed form.
•    What Ground? - It is crucial the ground you are relying on for possession is specified in the notice. If it is not, the court may not make an order for possession on that ground.  Contact me to get more information on what this means for you.

•     Notice period? – This will depend on the ground on which you are seeking possession. For instance, if rent is payable monthly and the tenant is 2 months in arrears at the date of the hearing, two weeks notice will be required. Whereas if the landlord requires the property back to live in as his only place of residence, two months notice is required.

If you have a specific question that is not answered by this post please do call me on 01937 547 034 or email

Rebecca Smith
Dispute Resolution
Telephone number 01937 547 034