The first step is serving the Section 21 notice or the Section 8 notice, as appropriate.
Section 21 notices must normally provide at least two months' notice to the tenant. However please note that this has changed under the Coronavirus Act 2020. Under the Coronavirus Act 2020, landlords now must provide six months' notice when serving a Section 8 notice (excluding grounds Grounds 7A and 14) or a Section 21 notice where they wish to evict tenants in Wales.
This now applies to any eviction notice served on or after 24 July 2020. This temporary measure remains in place until 31 March 2021, but is capable of being extended by the Welsh Government. If you wish to serve an eviction notice, it is recommended to connect with one of our lawyers through our Tenant Eviction Service from £99+VAT or delay any eviction proceedings until further information from the Welsh Government has been provided.
Proof of service notice must be retained, either by filling out a certification of service form (N215) or by writing 'served by [name of landlord] on [date]' on the notice and keeping a copy. If tenants have not vacated by the relevant date, an accelerated possession order can be sought.
Section 8 notices can provide between two weeks and two months of notice - depending on the nature of terms which have been breached by the tenant. Landlords can apply to the court for a possession order if the tenants have not left by the end of the notice period.
Ask a lawyer for more information on applying for a possession order or court proceedings.