You can do, but under the Corona Virus Act you have to give 6 months notice. It was 2 months notice, but it increased to 3 on 25 March last year and again, to 6 months at the end of August.
It has to be in the statutory section 21 format on form 6A.
However you have a bigger problem with the council because unless there is an eviction notice, the council will hang onto their housing stock as long as they can.
So I’m sorry to say that you won’t have to wait until the notice expires and then you are going to have to make an application to court for an order for possession and the local authority may still not take that in which case you would then need to make an application for a warrant for possession for bailiffs to come and physically throw the tenants out.
Only then will the local authority deal.
Some will rehome people when there is an order for possession, others wait for the warrant and eviction.
It’s up to the local authority what they end up in.
If they simply left, they would be deemed to have made themselves intentionally homeless.
They really are in the hands of the local authority.
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