Coronavirus update for residential landlords – phased approach
From 1st June 2021, the Coronavirus Act 2020 Notice Regulations will reduce the required notice periods for most residential possession notices in England from six to four months. This will be from 1st June 2021 until 30th September 2021 inclusive.
The notice periods had previously been increased to six months due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
Existing exceptions will still apply during this period and as a result, landlords will be able to give shorter notice periods where the grounds for possession relate to anti-social behaviour, domestic violence, and fraud.
Where the grounds for possession relate to rent arrears and at least four months’ rent is unpaid, landlords will only have to give four weeks’ notice. Where there is less than four months’ rent owing, landlords will have to give four months’ notice from 1st June 2021 although this will reduce to two months’ notice from (and including) 1st August 2021.
The ban on bailiffs enforcing warrants of possession, following a court order for possession of residential properties, will end on 31st May 2021