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Update on notice periods for tenants

There has been a lot of legislation released at short notice for landlords and tenants during the Coronavirus pandemic. We want to keep you up to date with the latest news and explain how these changes will affect you as a landlord.

At the end of August, an announcement was made that from 29 August 2020 the Coronavirus Act 2020 would be extended through to 31 March 2021. This Act was put into place to protect tenants from being evicted at short notice when the lockdown was in force.

From 29 August 2020, any landlord that wants to serve notice to tenants must give six months’ notice. This is part of the Government’s commitment to making sure that tenants are protected over the winter months.

Shorter notice periods for tenants

There are some situations when landlords have the right to issue shorter notice periods, such as:

  • 4 weeks’ notice for anti-social behaviour
  • 2 to 4 weeks’ notice in cases of domestic abuse
  • 2 to 4 weeks’ notice if a tenant gives a false statement
  • 4 weeks’ notice for rent arrears of over six months
  • 3 months’ notice if there is a breach of immigration rules ‘Right to Rent’

New court rules when seeking possession

New court rules in be in place on 20 September 2020 that landlords need to be aware of as well. If you need to start court proceedings, then it is essential that you set out in your claim all the information explaining the circumstances that have led to you seeking possession. You must also state the impact of COVID-19 and how this has affected you and your tenant.

If all the information is not provided, then the judges can adjourn the proceedings which can cause a delay in getting the case resolved.

The Secretary of State for Housing, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP explained that ‘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.’

How we support our landlords across Nottingham and Mansfield

Our Director Adam Kingswood stated ‘As the government announcements are made at such short notice it can be confusing for landlords and tenants to keep up with what is in place to protect them during the pandemic. We don’t have situations arising very often when landlords need to seek possession as we are very careful with all checks prior to letting properties on behalf of our clients and follow concise property management procedures.'

'However, in the few cases where notice has to be given, we communicate with both tenants and landlords in a timely manner to ensure that the process is handled smoothly for both parties involved.’

We hope you found this update useful. If you would like any further information, please do contact our team of property experts by calling 0115 704 3163 (Nottingham) or  01623 277115 (Mansfield). Alternatively, you can email us via our contact us page – click here.

 

 

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