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What is it?

Section 8 of the Housing Act 1988 specifies grounds upon which a landlord can claim possession of the premises. As you will see if you decide to purchase a Section 8 Notice, we have made this as simple as possible. There are 17 separate grounds, on which a landlord can seek possession. All the grounds are listed and all you have to do is choose which you would wish to rely upon. The first 8 grounds, of the Section 8 Notice, are mandatory, which means that if the landlord can show the court that one of these grounds applies, the court must give possession. The remaining grounds, are discretionary, which means that the court will not necessarily give possession, but will examine the situation as a whole and give a judgement, which it considers to be just.

The most common grounds are for rent arrears, and you will see that rent arrears are covered in three grounds, 8, 10, and 11. Usually, it is best to choose all three, if the tenant is in sufficient arrears to choose ground 8, (being mandatory). Please read the grounds carefully and decide which ones you wish to include in your Notice.

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