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Section 8 notice checklist

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Here are a few important steps to take to finish your document

  • Read the section 8 notice to make sure it meets your needs.
  • Check the property address and postcode in the notice are correct.
  • Make sure the notice records the correct statutory grounds for repossession.

Remember that if you have any questions you can easily Ask a lawyer.

  1. Print out notice.
  2. Either the landlord or the landlord's agent must sign and date the notice.
  • How much time you need to allow between the date the notice is served and the date on which court proceedings can begin depends on the grounds for repossession you are relying on. 
  • The notice is only served when the tenant is presumed, or ''deemed'', to have received it, so you need to allow extra time for delivery.
    • By post : Allow at least three working days for delivery when you use Royal Mail to post your notice. Keep proof of postage by sending the notice recorded delivery.
    • By hand : Posting the notice into the postbox of the property yourself gives you the security of knowing when the notice gets to the tenant and removes uncertainty about the method of posting.  You can take someone with you to witness you've done this.
  • You must get proof that the notice has been served.
  • It is important to get this right. If you have any questions you can Ask a lawyer.

Keep a copy of the notice and proof of service:

  • By post: use a recorded delivery service if you are posting the notice by mail, which allows your letter to be tracked and gives you proof of postage. 
  • By hand: if you have posted the notice through the letterbox, you can ask a witness to sign a note of the time and date of posting.

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