From Saturday 29th August 2020, UK agents and landlords must now give tenants a minimum six months’ notice before they can evict any tenant. There are some exceptions, and they are in the most serious of cases, such as incidents of anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse.
On Friday the UK Government made the announcement and the new rules came into effect the next day, Saturday.
From August 2020 until March 2021 landlords and agents must provide at least six months’ notice period prior to seeking possession through the courts in most cases, including section 21 evictions and rent arrears under six months.
Notices served on and before 28th August 2020 are not affected by these changes, and must be at least three months.
Exceptions apply for the worst cases to seek possession; these are:
- anti-social behaviour (now 4 weeks’ notice);
- domestic abuse (now 2 to 4 weeks’ notice;
- false statement (now 2 to 4 weeks’ notice);
- over six months’ accumulated rent arrears (now 4 weeks’ notice);
- breach of immigration rules ‘Right to Rent’ (now three months’ notice).
In addition, new court rules have been agreed, which will come into force on September 20 meaning landlords will need to set out in their claim any relevant information about a tenant’s circumstances, including information on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Where this information is not provided, judges will have the ability to adjourn proceedings.
Each devolved nation has their own housing policy but it is on the understanding that they have all agreed and followed the common rule on this one.