Section 8 Notice

section 8 notice

Serve a Section 8 Notice to evict a tenant not paying rent

A section 8 notice operates under section 8 of the Housing Act 1988.  This notice can only be issued to a tenant who has breached the terms in the tenancy agreement. The most reason a landlord may need to serve a section 8 notice is rent arrears (tenant not paying rent).

The landlord cannot evict a tenant without obtaining an order for possession from a court beforehand. Before applying to the court for for this order the landlord must have served a section 8 notice on the tenant. If the landlord has not done this they will not be able to evict a tenant – it’s as simple as that!

In best practice, the notice must specify which grounds the landlord intends to use to gain possession – the landlord must provide reasons for this. If you make an error when issuing a section 8 notice it will delay the whole tenant eviction process. We recommend you contact our tenant eviction solicitors for more advice on how to serve a section 8 notice.

We also suggest that these types of notices should be hand delivered to the tenant to avoid delay and also to confirm the tenant has actually received it. If you post the section 8 notice the tenant could quite easily dispute it arriving with them. Make sure you handle this situation properly, otherwise you could just be causing yourself more aggravation, which at the end of the day, affects your own cash flow. Why should you struggle because a tenant is not paying the rent. Serve a section 8 notice today!

For more information about the tenant eviction process and more specifically how to serve a section 8 notice, call us today on 01293 525 665 or visit our main website which also gives more information about the different scenarios landlords might find themselves in and how to deal with them efficiently.