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Eviction - Section 8

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A "Section 8 eviction" typically refers to the legal process by which a landlord seeks to evict a tenant based on specific grounds outlined in Section 8 of the Housing Act 1988. These grounds are different from a "Section 21 eviction," which is a no-fault eviction process initiated by the landlord.  Our blog on Section 21 explains more.

Section 8 eviction proceedings allows a landlord to seek possession of their property if the tenant has breached the terms of their tenancy agreement. The grounds for eviction under Section 8 include various reasons, such as rent arrears, anti-social behavior, damage to the property, or other breaches of the tenancy agreement.

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The process for a Section 8 eviction involves the following steps:

bullet-point.png  Serve a Section 8 notice: The landlord must provide the tenant with a written notice specifying the grounds for eviction under Section 8 of the Housing Act 1988. The length of the notice period depends on the grounds being used, ranging from 14 days to two months.

bullet-point.png  Possession proceedings: If the tenant does not leave the property or rectify the issues mentioned in the Section 8 notice within the specified time frame, the landlord can apply to the court for a possession order. The court will review the case and decide whether possession is justified based on the grounds provided in the notice.

bullet-point.png  Court hearing: A court hearing will be scheduled where both the landlord and tenant can present their case. If the court is satisfied that the grounds for eviction are valid, it may issue a possession order, which requires the tenant to leave the property within a specified period.

bullet-point.png  Warrant for possession: If the tenant still refuses to leave after the court's possession order, the landlord can apply for a warrant for possession. This allows court-appointed bailiffs to physically remove the tenant from the property.

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