Expiry of a section 8 – I have served a section 8 (s8) Notice on my tenant but don’t wish to start proceedings immediately. Can I wait without the notice expiring?
Having served notice for possession on your tenant you have 12 months to start your proceedings. See Section 8 (3) Housing Act 1988
(3) A notice under this section is one in the prescribed form informing the tenant that—
(a) the landlord intends to begin proceedings for possession of the dwelling-house on one or more of the grounds specified in the notice; and
(b) those proceedings will not begin earlier than a date specified in the notice which, without prejudice to any additional limitation under subsection (4) below, shall not be earlier than the expiry of the period of two weeks from the date of service of the notice; and
(c) those proceedings will not begin later than twelve months from the date of service of the notice.
see: Agreements & Forms – Section 8 Notice and Notes on Serving
see: Housing Act 1988
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