The first step is serving the Section 21 notice or the Section 8 notice, as appropriate.
Section 21 notices must normally provide at least 2 months' notice to the tenant. Section 8 notices can provide between 2 weeks and 2 months of notice - depending on the nature of terms that have been breached by the tenant. However, please note that this has changed under the Coronavirus Act 2020. Under the Coronavirus Act 2020, landlords now must provide 6 months' notice when serving a Section 8 notice (unless in extreme circumstances, eg anti-social behaviour) or a Section 21 notice where they wish to evict tenants in Wales.
This 6 months’ notice period has been extended by the Welsh Government until at least 30 September 2021.
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.
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.