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28 August, 2020 Open access

Minimum notice period for eviction of statutory tenants in private and social rented sectors in England extended to six months, with exceptions

New statutory instrument also extends application of Schedule 29 of Coronavirus Act 2020 in England to 31 March 2021

New regulations have been issued that extend the minimum notice period for eviction of statutory tenants in the private and social rented sectors in England to six months, with exceptions.

Coming into force from 29 August 2020, the Coronavirus Act 2020 (Residential Tenancies: Protection from Eviction) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.914/2020) make amendments to Schedule 29 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 under which landlords are required to provide at least three months’ notice of intention to seek possession of housing let under a Rent Act 1977 protected or statutory tenancy, a secure tenancy, a flexible tenancy, an assured tenancy, an assured shorthold tenancy, an introductory tenancy or a demoted tenancy let by a local authority or housing action trust.

In particular, the regulations -

In addition, the regulations -

SI.No.914/2020 is available from legislation.gov.uk

See also today's press release from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Government has changed the law so most renters have a 6 month notice period.