New notice periods: Introduced 1st of September
Tenants may now be provided with 6 months notice period. If you are a buy to let landlord you may need to give your tenants 6 months notice. Prior to seeking possession through the courts in most cases, including section 21 evictions and rent arrears under six months, you will likely need to give 6 months notice period to your tenants to help ensure renters are protected throughout the winter.
The new temporary notice period was announced in England on Saturday 29 August. It will be in place until at least 31 March.There is help for landlords affected by the worst cases to seek possession; these are:
anti-social behaviour (4 weeks’ notice)
domestic abuse (between 2 and 4 weeks’ notice)
false statement (between 2 and 4 weeks’ notice)
over 6 months’ accumulated rent arrears (4 weeks’ notice)
breach of immigration rules ‘Right to Rent’ (3 months’ notice)
Also, from the 20th September new agreed court rules will come into force.The new rules imply that landlord will need to included any relevant information about the effect COVID-19 had on the tenant when setting out a claim. If information is omited, judges have the power to adjoun proceedings.
The housing secretary, Robert Jenrick, commented: “We have developed a package of support for renters to ensure they continue to be protected over winter. I have changed the law so that renters are protected by a six month notice period until March 2021.
“No tenant will have been legally evicted for six months at the height of the pandemic as the stay on possession proceedings has been extended until 20 September.
“For the most egregious cases, for example those involving anti-social behaviour or domestic abuse perpetrators, notice periods have returned to their normal level, and landlords will be able to progress serious rent arrears cases more quickly.
“These changes will support landlords to progress the priority cases while keeping the public safe over winter. We will keep these measures under review and decisions will continue to be guided by the latest public health advice.”