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Did you know tenanted property notice periods are changing again?

Wed 19 May 2021

If you’re a property landlord or tenant you will be interested to know that in line with the phased easing of the restrictions due to COVID-19, the government has announced changes to tenancy notice periods.

From 1 June 2021 notice periods in England that are currently six months, will reduce to four months.

The current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions, introduced as an emergency measure during lockdown, will end on 31 May.

Notice periods for the most serious cases will continue to remain lower, such as:

  • 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 where there is less than four months' unpaid rent, will reduce to two months’ notice from 1 August 2021. This is to support both landlords and tenants and responds to the greater difference between COVID and pre-COVID notice periods for rent arrears. The measures will also ensure renters continue to be protected with longer notice periods for the coming months while allowing landlords to access justice. 

Subject to the public health advice and easing of restrictions, notice periods will return to pre-pandemic levels from 1 October 2021.

Tenants will continue to be supported with living costs, including rent, through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until 30 September 2021.

Extensive financial support remains in place to help people meet their outgoings, including the furlough scheme and the Universal Credit uplift, which have both been extended until the end of September 2021.

Jill Griffiths, Director of Lettings at Andrew Granger & Co says: “These measures were put in place by the government to support both landlords and tenants during the challenging time of the pandemic and it’s important that the same people are now aware of the changes that are happening again.

“Andrew Granger & Co keeps abreast of the constantly changing legal directives which have been more frequent during the pandemic and it is a good example of why it is important to employ an experienced local agent to work on your behalf.”

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