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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.
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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]
[Address]

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 .