Tenant's Toolkit

Ending the Tenancy

You and your tenant can bring the tenancy to an end at any time through agreement.

Eviction should be considered a last resort. If you need to regain your property, speaking to your local authority and tenant could save you the costs of issuing a Notice.

There are two different eviction notices you can serve if you need to end the tenancy. You are allowed to give you both types of notice at the same time.

There are rules you must follow and you or a representative will need to go to court to evict your tenant lawfully.

Section 21

A section 21 notice is the most common way for landlords to end a tenancy. You do not have to give a reason for why you want your tenant to leave.

Section 8

You must give a legal reason when you give your tenant a section 8 notice. This could be because they have:

  • rent arrears
  • broken the terms of their tenancy agreement

For further details, see the government's page on Evicting tenants.

Court Order

If your tenant does not leave the property within the established time-frame of the eviction notice, you will need to get a court order.

Note: you should seek professional advice before getting a court order.