Changes to eviction notice periods from 1 August
It was Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher, who said that change is the only constant; this is certainly not wrong in the world of property litigation. From 1 August 2021, notice periods for section 8 notices where there are less than four months of unpaid rent, will reduce to two months’ notice - grounds 8, 10 and/or 11 (without any other ground).
Full details and technical guidance can be found here on the Government website.
The key changes from 1 August are noted below:
There is dialogue that notice periods will return to pre-pandemic levels from 1 October but as we have learnt from the past, this can change again and will no doubt be very dependent on the progression of the pandemic. Unfortunately, if there is a “third wave” of the virus, notice periods are likely to be extended which will not be welcome news for landlords. To make matters worse, it is expected that the government will issue a White Paper on the private rented sector this Autumn, to include a proposal to abolish no-fault evictions, again news not to be welcomed by private landlords.
Pandemic legislation has caused concern and confusion for both landlords and tenants and there’s still so much more to come. We will be keeping abreast of any developments in this area.