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Landlord Specific Guidance
In most cases, the length of notice that needs to be given to a tenant has increased to at least six months.
From 1 June 2021, the length of section 21 is reduced to 4 months.
From 1 June 2021, the length of section 8 notice depends on grounds but notably, where the tenant is in rent arrears of 4 months or more, 4 weeks notice can be given (reduced from 6 months arrears). Where the tenant is less than 4 months arrears, 4 months notice is required (reduced from 6 months notice).
From 1 August 2021, where the tenant is less than 4 months arrears and grounds 8, 10 and 11 are used (rent arrears), the length of notice is reduced to 2 months notice.
Subject to the public health advice and progress with the Roadmap, notice periods will return to pre-pandemic levels from 1 October 2021.
Section 21 is 6 months notice.
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
At the time of writing, most evictions are banned until at least 31 May 2021. for England and 30 June 2021 for Wales.There are exceptions including anti-social behaviour (England and Wales) or rent arrears of more than 6 months (England).
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).
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