Section 8 - Notice to Quit for England

Instructions for Your Section 8 - Notice to Quit

Landlords and their agents can use the Section 8 - Notice to Quit form, both within the fixed term and during a periodic tenancy, to either begin the eviction process or attempt to correct actions or omissions that are found within the tenancy agreement in England and Wales. If the tenancy is periodic, the Section 8 - Notice to Quit may not be the best option, and a Section 21 Notice may provide a better alternative.

This notice can be served either by post or in person. It is recommended that first-class, registered post is used so that delivery can be verified. If the notice is delivered in person, it is advisable that a neutral party is present as witness to the delivery.

It is essential that this notice is addressed to all tenants listed on the tenancy agreement. Failure to address all tenants can lead to the failure of this notice. In the case of joint landlords, only one of the landlords is required to complete and sign the notice if that landlord has the express permission to act on behalf of all the landlords. Where this permission is not granted, all of the joint landlords must sign and date the document.

The preparer of this form is required to read the instructions included on the first page. Using black ink the preparer must tick boxes where appropriate and cross out text that does not apply.

Important: Pay particular attention to the notice expiry date. A landlord cannot apply for a possession order until this date has passed. It is crucial that the appropriate amount of notice is given. If relying upon Grounds 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 or 17, a minimum of two weeks' notice is required. If relying upon Grounds 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9 or 16, a minimum of two months' notice is required. It is best practice to add a few additional days to allow for delivery.


In the event that the tenants do not vacate the property at the expiry of this notice, the landlord does not have the right to enter the property and take possession. If this occurs, the landlord will need to apply to the courts for a possession order using forms N119 and N5 and pay the appropriate court fee.

Please note that the language you see here changes depending on your answers to the document questionnaire.

Section 8 - Notice to Quit

A Section 8 - notice to quit, also called an eviction notice, is used by landlords to begin the eviction process in order to gain possession of the property when a tenant has violated the lease. LegalNature's step-by-step guidance helps you create your Section 8 quickly and easily.

Our notice to quit automatically includes the necessary statutory language depending upon the grounds for eviction and informs tenants of their rights. When complete, the notice to quit will have all the required information, including the eviction grounds, relevant dates and rules on how to properly serve this notice.

LegalNature’s form builder allows landlords to take control of their tenancies by cutting costs associated with using estate agents and management companies. LegalNature can help you get started with your notice to quit in a few easy steps to give you the protection you need today.

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