At last, some good news for landlords in England. The government announced the notice periods for section 8 & 21 has been reduced. The reduced notice period is to be phased in as an easing of the pandemic restrictions.
From the 1st of June, the notice periods in England that are currently six months will be reduced to at least four months.
Notice periods for the most severe cases will remain lower:
– anti-social behaviour (immediate to 4 weeks’ notice).
– domestic abuse in the social sector (2 to 4 weeks’ notice).
– false statement (2 to 4 weeks’ notice).
– over 4 months’ accumulated rent arrears (4 weeks’ notice).
– breach of immigration rules’ Right to Rent’ (2 weeks’ notice).
– death of a tenant (2 months’ notice)
Notice periods for cases with four months or less unpaid rent will reduce to two months’ notice from the 1st of August.
Our Welsh members are reminded the section 21 notice for Wales is not the prescribed document “Form 6A” section 21 notice. For properties in Wales, you must not use Form 6A. You can download the correct notice from our service page.
This supports both landlords and tenants and responds to the more significant difference between COVID and pre COVID notice periods for tenant rent arrears.
The current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions, introduced as an emergency measure during the lockdown, ended on the 31st of May.
Housing Minister Chris Pincher said: “Subject to the public health advice and progress with the Roadmap, notice periods will return to pre-pandemic levels from the 1st of October.
“The measures will ensure renters continue to be protected with longer notice periods for the coming months. While allowing landlords to access justice – 45 per cent of private landlords own just one property and are highly vulnerable to rent arrears.”
Mark Hayward, Propertymark chief policy advisor, says: “Whilst the reduced notice periods are still longer than pre-Covid. It is promising to see the government continuing to provide financial support to tenants to combat rent arrears, as well as providing clarity for the rental sector as we navigate the easing of restrictions.”
One of the leading national tenant eviction companies Landlord Advice UK the CEO, Mr Sasha Charles, said: We are delighted the government has announced reducing the notice period and lifting the restriction on the bailiffs”.
The PRS is relieved the government has now acted. Many landlords have tenants with serious rent arrears and feel the government has not helped them.
Widesearch an open to landlords and business property marketplace to list properties for sale or for rent CEO Adrian Tuakli said: This move to phase out long notice period for renters who are in breach of their tenancy especially rent arrears is most welcomed”.
Author: Hanish Patel Hanish@thebla.co.uk
Date: 12th of May 2021 (updated 1st June 2021(
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