Notice periods for tenants set to return to pre-pandemic levels 14 May 2021
Notice periods for private tenants will return to pre-pandemic levels from 1 October, subject to the public health advice and progress with the roadmap, the government has announced.
As part of a phased approach, notice periods – previously extended to six months as an emergency measure during the pandemic – will be set at four months from 1 June. However, notice periods for the most serious cases, as detailed below, will remain lower:
- anti-social behaviour (immediate to 4 weeks’ notice)
- domestic abuse in the social sector (2 to 4 weeks’ notice)
- false statement (2 to 4 weeks’ notice)
- over 4 months’ accumulated rent arrears (4 weeks’ notice)
- breach of immigration rules ‘Right to Rent’ (2 weeks’ notice)
- death of a tenant (2 months’ notice)
Notice periods for cases where there are four or more months of unpaid rent will reduce to 2 months’ notice from 1 August.
Tenants will continue to be supported with living costs, including rent, through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until 30 September 2021 and those that are claiming Housing Allowance (previously Housing Benefit) will be pleased to note that Local Housing Allowance rates are being maintained at their increased level in cash terms, and the government has also extended the £20 per week uplift in Universal Credit until the end of September 2021.
Also, the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions, introduced as an emergency measure during the lockdown, will end on 31 May.
Housing Minister Chris Pincher stated that “Subject to the public health advice and progress with the Roadmap, notice periods will return to pre-pandemic levels from 1 October. The measures will ensure renters continue to be protected with longer notice periods for the coming months while allowing landlords to access justice – 45% of private landlords own just one property and are highly vulnerable to rent arrears.”
If you are a landlord or tenant and would like more information on these changes and how they could affect you, get in touch with your local branch of Hose Rhodes Dickson.