We use cookies to allow us and selected partners to improve your experience and our advertising. By continuing to browse you consent to our use of cookies. You can understand more and change your cookies preferences here.

Consumer Rights.

4 March 2021

Letter to give a tenant notice of possession under Section 21

A Section 21 notice of possession is a notice to inform the tenant that you wish to recover possession of the property at the end of a fixed-term tenancy agreement, or trigger an agreed break clause.
Which?Editorial team

A Section 21 notice must always give tenants on a fixed tenancy at least two months’ notice to leave your property.

You also cannot use a Section 21 notice if you have not given the tenants copies of:

  • the property’s Energy Performance Certificate
  • a current gas safety record for the property
  • the government’s ‘How to Rent’ guide

You must also use form 6A to make a section 21 notice.

Read our guide on the dos and don’ts of serving a section 21 notice before using this letter template.

If you don’t follow the process carefully, you might not be able to take possession of your property.

There is a file available for download. (37 KB). This file is available for download at .

[Tenant name], [DD/MM/YYYY]

Dear [Name of tenant],
Re: [Address of property to vacate]

I would like to inform you that, by virtue of Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, I require possession of the above property after [DD/MM/YYYY].

If convenient, I would like to do an initial check of the property, and the inventory, with you on [DD/MM].

This should allow us time to sort out any discrepancies before the end of the tenancy.

On [DD/MM] we can also discuss the exact arrangements for the hand back of the property on [DD/MM].

I hope you’ve been happy in the property and I wish you well for the future.

I will give you a ring shortly to confirm about calling round on [DD/MM].

Yours sincerely,
[Landlord name]

There is a file available for download. (37 KB). This file is available for download at .