Notices which are currently used for seeking possession served under s8 and rent increases using the s13 are to be revoked and replaced by new regulations passed by the Government. The amended regulations to the Housing Act 1988 are due to come into force on 6 April 2015, when the new form of notices will have to be used.

The amendments are required because the current form of s8 notice does not provide guidance to tenants for the following two new grounds which came into force in October and May 2014 respectively:

  • 7A (absolute ground for possession based on nuisance and anti-social behaviour)

  • 14ZA (discretionary ground for possession where the tenant has been convicted of an indictable offence which took place during a riot).

It is still valid to use the current form of s8 notice but landlords should update their notices after 6 April 2015. It would be unwise to try to rely on the present form after 6 April 2015 especially if you are seeking to rely on one of the new grounds for possession that are not mentioned in the existing notice.

Notices in Wales remain unchanged as the new grounds for possession do not apply there. These should be based on the original regulations with amendments made in Welsh statutory instruments.