A statement on 28th August from the UK government via the Secretary of State for Housing, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP revealed yet more changes to the already confusing history of notice periods and eviction bans.
The legislation changes which took effect last weekend, include a 6-month notice period, by landlords to tenants, prior to seeking possession through the courts, and includes section 21 evictions. This is effective until March 2021.
In an attempt to appease landlords, the government have singled out and reduced the timescale for serious cases such as incidents of anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse perpetrators
- anti-social behaviour (changes to 4 weeks’ notice)
- domestic abuse (changes to between 2 to 4 weeks’ notice)
- false statement (changes to between 2 to 4 weeks’ notice)
- over 6 months’ accumulated rent arrears (changes to 4 weeks’ notice)
- breach of immigration rules ‘Right to Rent’ (changes to 12 weeks’ notice)
These changes are the government’s attempt to continue to provide help through the pandemic and have been cautiously welcomed by the Residential Landlords Association. However, no other exceptions have been listed, which is a frustration for those landlords who wanted to regain possession of their properties because they themselves need to live in it.
These changes of legislation are applicable to the private and social rented sectors in relation to assured; assured shorthold; secure; flexible; introductory and demoted tenancies, and those under the Rent Act of 1977, but not to any notices issued or served before the legislation came into force.