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    Section 8 Notice Service

    Resolve Disputes Swiftly with a Section 8 Notice – Your Legal Solution for Tenant Breaches!

    While landlords may choose between a Section 8 and a Section 21 notice when it comes to alerting a tenant of an intention to take possession of a property, a Section 8 has the potential to lead to a quick resolution by naming the issue causing the dispute.

    What is a Section 8 notice?

    A legal document used to indicate that a tenant has breached the terms of their tenancy, a Section 8 notice is to advise the tenant that grounds for possession apply. Generally, this notice is served when a tenant enters a minimum of two months of rent arrears, and if the fixed term of the tenancy still has a reasonably long time remaining.

    Do I need to issue a Section 8 notice?

    There is a legal requirement for a landlord to issue a Section 8 (or 21) notice if they wish to retake possession of their property following a breach of the tenancy agreement. While the letter itself is often enough to ensure a tenant clears arrears or otherwise agrees to return to living within the terms of the tenancy agreement, the Section 8 notice will generally provide 14 days for the tenant to comply with the terms of the notice.

    If, for any reason, matters need to be taken further – to court, for example – a Section 8 notice will serve to illustrate that all reasonable measures have been taken by the landlord prior to seeking possession.

    What are the main benefits of a legal letter at this stage?

    As mentioned, a Section 8 notice can often stress the seriousness of an issue to a tenant which can itself lead directly to a resolution. While we understand that few tenants purposefully seek to fall behind on their rent payments or otherwise breach the terms of their tenancy, we also appreciate that it is in a landlord’s best interest to handle such issues quickly and legally. Serving a Section 8 notice provides evidence of a landlord acting in good faith, offers fair warning to tenants and – in the best case scenario – can lead to resolution of the problem itself.

    What we can do

    Wirral Homes ensures that our landlords are always acting legally and fairly – this is in the best interests of all parties and can prevent problems from developing further than they need to. We use a team of external solicitors to draft and issue legal documents such as the section 8 notice to fulfil a landlord’s legal obligations and, hopefully, stop matters from progressing. For more information on our legal, or any other services, Contact Us today!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How can I get an agent to issue a Section 8 Notice for me?

    There are many letting agents, like Wirral Homes that offer Section 8 Notice services. These agents will be able to advise you on the correct procedure for issuing a Section 8 Notice and complete the necessary paperwork on your behalf.

    At Wirral Homes, we rely on our legal team to draft and serve the Section 8 notice.

    What are the fees for using an agent to issue a Section 8 Notice?

    The fees for using an agent to issue a Section 8 Notice will vary depending on the agent and the complexity of the case. However, landlords can expect to pay a fee of between £200 and £500.

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