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 cannot be evicted until their tenancy ends.

If you want to claim rent arrears you can use either the:

If you made a possession claim before 3 August 2020

You must complete a reactivation notice to tell the court you want to continue with your claim. You must also give your tenant a copy.

The deadline to send a reactivation notice is 4pm on 29 January 2021.

How to apply

Download and fill in:

Send the completed form to the nearest court that deals with housing possession.

What happens next

Once your application is approved, 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 is not 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.