Regulations outlining how new eviction notice periods will work in England, come into force today, Saturday 29 August 2020 stipulating that landlords must give at least six months notice in most situations.

Following on from the intention announced last week by Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick, this development extends the Coronavirus Act 2020 through to 31 March 2021.

The Government has announced its intention to support tenants in need as we enter Autumn and Winter months with widespread announcements on redundancies, while also responding to calls for justice from letting agents and landlords grappling with pre-COVID-91 rent arrears and anti-social behaviour.

From today, landlords or letting agents who need to issue section notices as a result of tenants incurring rent arrears or misleading information must allow six months before gaining possession. However, if the rent arrears exceed six months rental payments, the notice period will reduce to four weeks.

If section notice for repossession of the property is required for a reason, other than rent arrears, different periods of notice are required:

  • In cases of domestic abuse or riot, two weeks’ notice will be sufficient
  • Where landlords are seeking possession as a result of antisocial behaviour, four weeks’ notice will be sufficient
  • Where tenants are required to vacate property as a result of failed follow up Right to Rent checks, 12 weeks notice will be required

 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE UPDATED CORONAVIRUS ACT REGULATIONS

If you are concerned about how this affects you, please get in touch with Aimee Bruce.