Following the continued support for tenants from the Government as Covid restrictions ease, the new notice periods have now come into force.
In our previous insight we looked at the Governments announcement that “tenants will continue to be supported as national COVID-10 restrictions ease”, and here we will look at the new notice periods and what these will mean for landlords and tenants.
What do the new notice periods mean?
From 1 June 2021 to 30 September 2021 there are new notice periods and forms that need to be used when serving tenants with section 21 notices, section 8 notices, and for ending secure tenancies.
Essentially, there is now a requirement to give 4 months’ notice for most tenancies when using a section 8 notice, although there are some exceptions to this.
The threshold for what is considered ‘serious’ rent arrears is also reduced from where more than 6 months’ rent is owed to where 4 months’ or more rent is owed. If 4 months’ or more is owed, a 4-week notice period can be used.
Please see the Technical Guidance on Eviction Notices, which contains a handy table setting out the new modified notice periods.
For section 21 notices there is a brand-new form, and the length of time to act upon it after service on a tenant, is reduced from 10 months to 8 months.
Please visit the Government website for the new section 8 notice (Form 3), section 21 notice (Form 6A), and new Secure Tenancies form.
The position will be reviewed by the Government and notice periods should revert back to pre-pandemic levels from 1 October 2021.
How can Tozers help?
Our Affordable Housing team have over 25 years experience in this sector, forming close working relationships with their housing clients. To find out more please visit their hub page or contact a member of the team.