Section 8 notice

SECTION 8 DOCUMENTS WERE RECENTLY AMENDED TO PROVIDE FOR MORE GROUNDS. NOT ALL THE GROUNDS ARE MANDATORY AND SOME REQUIRE YOU TO WAIT 2 MONTHS BEFORE TAKING ACTION.

THE MOST USUAL ONES ARE:

Ground 1—

Owner Occupier

The landlord gave notice to the Tenant at the start of the tenancy that he may one day seek possession to regain his property back because it is his only or principal home. Or the landlords require the property back for his spouse who needs to reside in it as his only or principal home. The Tenant must specifically served notice to this effect at the start of the tenancy.

Ground 2—

Repossession by Mortgagee

The property is being repossessed by the bank/building society or a person who has the power to exercise a sale on the property.

Ground 8—

Rent arrears

Both at the date of the service of this notice under Section 8 of the Housing Act and to the date of the hearing;

  • (a) rent is payable weekly or fortnightly and at least 8 weeks’ rent is unpaid; or
  • (b) rent is payable monthly and at least 2 months’ rent is unpaid; or
  • (c) rent is payable quarterly and at least one quarter’s rent is more than 3 months in arrears and
  • (d) if rent is payable yearly, at least three months’ rent is more than three months in arrears and for the purpose of this ground “rent” means rent lawfully due from the tenant

Ground 10—

Rent lawfully due

Rent is unpaid on the date of service of S.8 Notice

Ground 11—

Persistent delay

The tenant has persistently delayed in paying rent lawfully due.

Ground 12—

Breach of obligation

Any obligation to the tenancy ha been broken or nor performed.

Ground 14—

Nuisance and annoyance

The tenant is guilty of nuisance and annoyance and or using the property for immoral means.
The property is occupied by a couple and one member of the couple has left due to violence or threats from the other partner towards the partner who has left or a member of their family who was residing in the property. This ground only applies to property which is owned by a charitable housing trust or registered social landlord.

Ground 17—

False statement

Used when the landlord gave permission for the tenancy based on a false statement which was made knowingly by the tenant.


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