What happens if a tenant does not leave at the end of the eviction notice period?
If a tenant does not leave by the date specified in the Section 8 or Section 21 notice, you need to apply to the Court for a possession order and a warrant of eviction.
Through the Section 21 route, the accelerated possession procedure typically takes 6 – 8 weeks.
When the Court approves your application, the Tenant has 14 days to challenge your application. After this time, the Court will usually either issue a possession order so the Tenant must leave your property or, if your tenant has raised an important objection, or there is a query on the Case, arrange a court hearing.
Once a possession order is granted, a tenant will normally have between 14 days and 42 days to leave your property, depending upon the Judge’s decision. If they do not leave by the date specified, bailiffs can be used to evict them.