17 May 2024

If you’re renting privately and have received a Section 21 notice – informing you that your landlord intends to end your tenancy – the Homelessness Partnership BCP is here to support you.

It’s important to point out that a Section 21 notice is a no-fault eviction, meaning that you haven’t done anything wrong or broken the terms of your tenancy.

Eviction can be an unsettling experience but our Let’s Talk Renting service has a team of tenancy experts on standby to help you find a way forward.

There are many reasons why landlords might need to end a tenancy without giving a reason. Interest rate rises have made buy-to-let mortgages more expensive, forcing some landlords to sell-up and leave the rental market. Many landlords are struggling financially, too, having been hit by the rising cost of property maintenance, insurance and repairs.

Let’s Talk Renting can work with private tenants – and their landlords – to try and reach successful outcomes for both parties.

If a Section 21 notice has dropped through your letterbox, you’re likely to have lots of questions. Our factsheets – see below – will answer the most common queries and help to guide you through the process.

If you have received a Section 21 notice, call the Let’s Talk Renting team today on 01202 985104 for free support, or visit www.hpbcp.org/lets-talk-renting to register for a call-back. The phone line is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Read on to find out more about Section 21 notices.

Notice periods

Private landlords can end assured shorthold tenancies without giving a reason. Our factsheet looks at:

  • How much notice must your landlord give?
  • What does the form look like?
  • When can your landlord give notice?
  • How to check your landlord has followed the right process.
  • What happens when the notice period ends?

Click the button below to read the Notice Period Factsheet.

Is your Section 21 notice valid?

Our ‘Section 21 notices: restrictions’ factsheet looks at when a Section 21 notice to end an assured shorthold tenancy might not be valid. It covers important points, such as:

  • Tenancy deposit rules.
  • Absence of a licence where one is needed.
  • Revenge eviction if you ask for repairs.
  • Lack of information that can invalidate a Section 21 notice.
  • Rules if your tenancy started before 1 October 2015.
  • Prohibited tenant fees.

Click the button below to read the Section 21 Restrictions factsheet.

Preparing your defence

If you believe that your Section 21 notice is not valid and intend to challenge it, our ‘Section 21: defences’ factsheet is essential reading. Click the button below to see key points that could help you to contest the eviction.