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Understanding the Changes to No-Fault Evictions in the UK: A Guide for Shergroup’s Landlord Community

In the realm of property rental and ownership in the United Kingdom, the term “no-fault eviction” has gained significant attention and controversy in recent years. Landlords and tenants alike are often curious about its implications, legality, and the process involved. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into what exactly constitutes a no-fault eviction in the UK, its legal framework, and how it impacts landlords and tenants, especially in scenarios like selling a house.

What is a No-Fault Eviction?

A no-fault eviction, commonly referred to as a “Section 21 eviction” in the UK, allows landlords to regain possession of their property without needing to provide a specific reason for doing so. Unlike evictions based on breaches of tenancy agreements or non-payment of rent, a no-fault eviction doesn’t hinge on any fault on the part of the tenant.

Legal Framework: Section 21

The legal basis for no-fault evictions in the UK lies in Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. Under this legislation, landlords can issue a Section 21 notice to terminate an assured shorthold tenancy (AST) after the fixed term has ended, or during a periodic tenancy with proper notice.

Process of No-Fault Eviction

  1. Serve Section 21 Notice: The landlord must serve the tenant with a valid Section 21 notice, providing a minimum notice period usually ranging from two to six months, depending on the agreement type and circumstances.
  2. Obtain Possession Order: If the tenant doesn’t vacate the property after the notice period expires, the landlord can apply to the court for a possession order. If the court grants the order, it provides a deadline by which the tenant must leave the property.
  3. Warrant for Possession: If the tenant still refuses to leave, the landlord can request a warrant for possession from the court, enabling bailiffs to physically remove the tenant.

No-Fault Eviction and Selling a House

No-fault evictions often come into play when landlords wish to sell their property. They may prefer vacant possession to facilitate the sales process or attract potential buyers. However, it’s essential to follow the legal procedures meticulously to avoid any complications or disputes.

Impact on Landlords and Tenants


  • Regaining Control: No-fault evictions provide landlords with a legal means to regain possession of their property.
  • Flexibility: Landlords have the flexibility to sell or renovate their property without being tied to a tenancy agreement.


  • Displacement: No-fault evictions can lead to uncertainty and displacement for tenants, especially if they struggle to find alternative accommodation.
  • Tenant Rights: Tenants should be aware of their rights and ensure that the eviction process is conducted lawfully.

Summing UP

No-fault evictions, particularly through Section 21 notices, remain a contentious issue in the UK’s rental market. While they offer landlords a streamlined process to regain possession of their properties, they also raise concerns about tenant security and housing stability. Whether it’s for selling a house or other reasons, understanding the intricacies of no-fault evictions is crucial for both landlords and tenants to navigate the rental landscape effectively.

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Last updated | 19 July 2023

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