Eviction Notice Rules For Landlords In England
During the COVID-19 pandemic, landlords in England must provide four months notice to tenants. It currently still stands that to evict a tenant from a rented home under section 21 Housing Act 1988 the four month period is required. This is due to change and from 1st October 2021 this reverts back to a two months notice period which was the pre-COVID deadline.
Under section 8 notices, these still have different deadlines, most involve severe rent arrears or bad behaviour by tenants. The exact notice depends on the tenancy type and whether possession is being sought because of a breach of contract.
From the 1st October 2021, there will be brand new section 21 and 8 notices for use in England by way of The Coronavirus Act 2020 (Residential Tenancies and Notices) (Amendment and Suspension) (England) Regulations 2021.
The national assemblies in Scotland and Wales will set separate notice deadlines which have yet to be confirmed.
The new housing secretary, Mr Gove has tabled emergency legislation for England that expires on 25th March 2022, which means it will allow the government to set new notice times if the coronavirus pandemic worsens over the winter months.
Check with your agent to make sure they are up to speed with the new legislation due to come into force and if you are an independent landlord, make sure you know this as well.