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New legislation affecting Section 8 and Section 13 Notices


Changes have been made to the procedures Landlords use to end an Assured Shorthold Tenancy.

There are two options:

  • Section 21 - Standard route to possession
  • Section 8 - In specific circumstances, usually rent arrears

New legislation came into force this month to change the wording of the Section 8 Notice that landlords in England must use.

The latest version of the Section 8 Notice, using the correct wording, is now available to download from the National Landlords Association Forms section of their website.

To access the correct wording please login to the NLA website using your Membership Number and Security Code and visit


The new wording must be used for any Section 8 Notices served in England on or after Monday 6 April 2015.

If the old wording has been used your case could be thrown out in court if you subsequently have to apply for a Possession Order.

Any notices served prior to Monday 6 April 2015 will still be valid, if the original wording was used and they were served correctly.

Changes to the Section 13 Notice

A Section 13 Notice is used to notify a tenant of a rent increase, in relation to an Assured Shorthold Tenancy. 

The wording of the Section 13 Notice has also changed with effect from Monday 6 April 2015. The new Section 13 Notice is also available to download from the NLA Forms section.

If your tenancy does not include a rent review clause, we recommend that you serve a Section 13 Notice if you want to increase the rent.


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