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A Section 21 Notice for a fixed term is used when a landlord wishes to legally terminate an assured shorthold tenancy at the end of the fixed term.
Frequently Asked Questions

What information is included in a section 21 notice for a fixed term?A section 21 notice for a fixed period must contain the following information:
  • the name and address of the tenant;
  • the name and address of the landlord;
  • the address of the property in respect of which the landlord wishes to regain possession;
  • the date possession is required; and
  • the section of the Housing Act being relied on (section 21(1)(b)).
A section 21 notice for a fixed period must contain the following information:
  • the name and address of the tenant;
  • the name and address of the landlord;
  • the address of the property in respect of which the landlord wishes to regain possession;
  • the date possession is required; and
  • the section of the Housing Act being relied on (section 21(1)(b)).
A section 21 notice for a fixed period must contain the following information:
  • the name and address of the tenant;
  • the name and address of the landlord;
  • the address of the property in respect of which the landlord wishes to regain possession;
  • the date possession is required; and
  • the section of the Housing Act being relied on (section 21(1)(b)).

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Landlord Information

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Tenant Information

Tenant

Contact Information

Address of Premises

(e.g. Street, City, County, Postcode)

Expiry Date

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The tenant must be provided with a minimum of two months' notice. Enter an expiry date at least 2 months in the future (plus any extra days if the notice will be delivered by post). The two months starts when the tenant receives this notice.
Frequently Asked Questions

When do I serve a section 21 notice for a fixed term?You must serve the notice at least two months before you want possession of the premises. This means that if you want possession immediately after the fixed term has ended, you must give the notice 2 months prior to the end date of the tenancy. If you give the notice on the last day of the tenancy, the tenant does not have to leave the premises for another 2 months. The 2 months starts when the tenant receives the notice so extra days should be provided if you are posting the notice to the tenant.

In addition, you should note the following:
  • notice can be served at any time during the fixed term but you cannot serve this notice before the tenancy has started;
  • you cannot ask for possession of the premises before the fixed term has come to an end; and
  • check any notice clauses or provisions within the tenancy agreement to ensure that you comply with these when serving the notice. These may, for example, specify the address for service of the notice and/or when notice will be deemed to have been received by the tenant.
    When do I serve a section 21 notice for a periodic tenancy?This type of notice should only be served if the tenancy has become a periodic tenancy (i.e. a tenancy that continues after the expiry of a fixed term).

    You must serve the notice at least two months before you want possession of the premises and the day that the notice expires must be the last day of a period. Periods are decided by how often rent is collected. Hence. if rent is collected every month, then the period is monthly. To establish what the last day of the period is, you must refer to when the original fixed term tenancy ended. The periodic tenancy started immediately after the fixed term expired. For example, if the original fixed term ended on July 18th and rent was collected monthly, then a new period would start on July 19th and end on the August 18th. Suppose it was now August 30th and possession is required. In order to provide the tenant with 2 months notice and have the notice expire on the last day of a period, the earliest expiry date would be November 18th.

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