Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic
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Landlord Specific Guidance
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- Right to Rent (Immigration Act)
From 1 October 2021, the length of section 8 and 21 notices is reverted to pre COVID levels.
Section 21 is 6 months notice until at least 24 March 2022
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.Our court form guidance contains a sample of the required Coronavirus Notice.
Inspections, Repairs and Maintenance
Essential repairs and maintenance should continue as long as the occupiers are not self-isolating.
Gas and electrical safety inspections should be completed as normal.
Fire alarm testing should continue in particular, communal hallways.
Routine periodic inspections simply checking the condition of a property may now be undertaken.
Moving home is back to normal and allowed.
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.
Under temporary Coronavirus provisions, face to face checking a tenants right to rent has been amended to allow checking at a distance.
The following changes apply until and including 5 April 2022:
- checks can be carried out over video calls
- tenants can send scanned documents or a photo of documents for checks using email or a mobile app, rather than sending originals
- landlords should use the Landlord Checking Service if a prospective or existing tenant cannot provide any of the accepted documents
Checks continue to be necessary and you must continue to check the prescribed documents set out in Landlords Guide to Right to Rent or use the Home Office right to rent online service.For the full temporary Coronavirus guidance, please see here.
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