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Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic
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Landlord Specific Guidance
Inspections, Repairs and Maintenance
Essential repairs and maintenance should continue during lockdown as long as the occupiers are not self-isolating.
Gas safety inspections should be completed as normal.
The new electrical regulations which apply from 1 April 2021 for all existing tenancies in England continue as normal and the inspection and test report is required.
Fire alarm testing should continue in particular, communal hallways.
Routine periodic inspections simply checking the condition of a property should be avoided (except communal hallways)
Anybody attending works at a persons home must follow the public health guidance.
Moving home is expressly allowed in the current lockdown (March 2021).
You are free to move home. However, you may find the process of searching for and moving into a new home is different, as property agents, conveyancers and other professionals have modified how they work to reduce the risk from COVID-19.
Tenants should continue to pay rent and abide by all other terms of their tenancy agreement to the best of their ability. The government has made a strong package of financial support available to tenants, and where they can pay the rent as normal, they should do. Tenants who are unable to do so should speak to their landlord at the earliest opportunity.
There is extensive support available including an uplift of the amount of Universal Credit available.
Mortgage holidays have been extended to 31 March 2021 (at the time of writing).
In most cases, the length of notice that needs to be given to a tenant has increased to at least six months.
The section 21 notice is at least six months.
The section 8 notice depends on the grounds being used but in most cases it is at least six months. Notable grounds where less than six months may be given include anti-social behaviour or rent arrears of 6 months.
Applying to the Court
After a notice has expired, an application to the court can be made. However, slightly modified rules apply and there will likely be extensive delays in particular with hearings.
Of particular note is the requirement to include with any claim a notice about how the tenant has been affected by Coronavirus (to the best of the landlords knowledge and belief). Where there is to be a hearing, the notice will have to be sent to the tenant beforehand.
For comprehensive guidance on seeking possession, please see this guidance.
Enforcing a Possession Order
There are exceptions including anti-social behaviour (England and Wales) or rent arrears of more than 6 months (England).
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