What is a Section 21 notice?

As tenancies draw to an end, tenants will receive a Section 21 Notice and this sometimes leads to confusion.

We've compiled a handy guide to help you understand what exactly a Section 21 Notice is, and why tenants receive them.

What is a Section 21 Notice?

Tenants often mistake Section 21 Notices for an eviction - this is not the case! Section 21 Notices are simply to notify you that your tenancy end date is fast approaching, so please don't think you've done anything wrong!

A Section 21 Notice is a legal document, giving tenants notice to vacate their property on a certain date. In England, Section 21 Notices must give a minimum of two months' notice, meaning you'll receive it two months before the end of your tenancy. Section 21 Notices cannot be served until the tenancy has been active for at least four months.

Why do you send Section 21 Notices?

Basically, because it's the law. Because a tenancy is a contract, if it's not renewed, then tenants must be given notice to vacate their property on a certain date. If tenants refuse to vacate by this date, then the landlord will be within their rights to begin legal proceedings.

What do I need to do?

When you receive your Section 21 Notice, read the document carefully and make sure you know the exact date your tenancy will come to an end. If you decide you want to renew your tenancy at your property in Newcastle, you must contact us immediately - if the property is not already let for the next year, then we can arrange a renewal for you.

Sign the document that you have been sent to acknowledge, but please note, refusing to sign the document does not mean it is no longer valid. Once served, a Section 21 Notice is legally binding unless voided by Seekers.

If you have any further questions or queries about Section 21 Notices, please contact your Property Supervisor by emailing us at enquiries@seekersproperty.co.uk