I've received a section 21 notice asking me to leave. What can I do?
You cannot be asked to leave without a formal "notice to quit" from your landlord.
A section 21 notice, also known as a no-fault eviction, allows landlords to ask a tenant to leave a property in England with two months' notice and no reason given. However, before going anywhere it's important to check whether the notice is valid or not.
To use a no-fault eviction a landlord must have:
- protected your deposit correctly
- given you the government's How To Rent guide, a valid gas safety certificate
- not charged you an illegal fee
A landlord is also unable to serve a Section 21 if they have had an improvement notice or emergency works notice from the council in the last six months. This offers tenants some protection from "revenge" evictions.
The rules are very specific and explained in greater depth on the Nearly Legal blog.
Even if the notice is valid, your landlord must still get a court order and bailiffs to force you to move. If you are evicted illegally you could get repayment of rent.
You can contact your local council if you need help finding a new home.