Notice periods return to pre-Covid lengths from next month

Isobel Thomson

The emergency measures introduced as part of the Coronavirus Act 2020 requiring landlords to provide longer notice periods when seeking possession of residential property will come to an end on 30 September, the government has confirmed.

Notice periods will return to their pre-Covid lengths from 1 October 2021, which the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) says will allow landlords to repossess their property where necessary.

Isobel Thomson, safeagent chief executive: “We welcome the clarity from government regarding notice periods and the return to a reasonable and fair timescale for landlords to be able to obtain possession of their property where appropriate.”

“We feel that recognition should be given to the proven ability of landlords, tenants and agents who during the pandemic have worked together to maintain tenancies.

“When notice periods return to pre-covid levels we don’t believe there will be any less appetite to sustain those tenancies or that we’ll see a sudden spike in evictions.”

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  1. Woodentop

    Still 6 months notice for those in Wales (one month for anti-social behaviour). I wish these stories would make it clear when it only applies to England. So many landlords have properties on the borders.  
    The new Wales Housing Act due to be implemented Spring 2022 is moving to permanent 6 months notice and not until the first 6 months has elapsed = 12 months before you can start possessions proceedings plus court and min 2 weeks bailiff delays as applicable.
    ……… or that we’ll see a sudden spike in evictions.
    That might be an interesting watch. Many landlords have been waiting for the pre-covid time limits, on those tenant who immediatey stop paying rent when notice is served.

    1. CountryLass

      That’s ridiculous! Are they trying to get rid of the RPS entirely?? Be interesting to note if these timescales apply to HA properties as well…

  2. CountryLass

    I’m glad to hear this, as I have Tenants who have been ‘flirting’ with the 4 months arrears since it was brought in. Personally, I would have served notice regardless, however the Landlord is nicer than me…

    Whilst I can see some Tenants struggling with finding a property in 2 months, given the lack of supply, this might actually help as some Landlords are concerned that the Tenant will stop paying rent once they get notice, and they cannot afford 4 months with no rent.


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