4. Accelerated possession orders
You can apply for an accelerated possession order if your tenants have not left by the date specified in your Section 21 notice and you’re not claiming rent arrears.
This is sometimes quicker than applying for a standard possession order and there’s usually no court hearing. It costs £355.
Fixed-term tenants can’t be evicted until their tenancy ends.
If you want to claim rent arrears you can use either the:
- standard possession procedure
- accelerated procedure to get your property back, then make a separate court claim for the rent arrears
How to apply
Download and fill in:
- the form for properties in England (this form is also available in Welsh)
- the form for properties in Wales (this form is also available in Welsh)
Send the completed form to the nearest court that deals with housing possession.
What happens next
The court will send your tenants a copy of the application.
Your tenants have 14 days to challenge the application, from the date they receive it.
A judge will decide either to:
- issue a possession order that states your tenants must leave the property (this is normally the case)
- have a court hearing (this usually only happens if the paperwork isn’t in order or your tenants raise an important issue)
Even if there’s a hearing, the court can still decide to issue a possession order.
If your tenants are in an exceptionally difficult situation the judge may give them up to 6 weeks.