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13 May, 2021 Open access

Reduction of required notice periods for landlords seeking possession in England

New statutory instrument also changes definition of 'serious arrears' from more than six months to more than four months for purposes of exemption from the requirement for longer notice periods

New legislation has been issued that reduces the required notice periods for landlords seeking possession in England.

Following the announcement that the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in England will end on 31 May 2021, the government has introduced new regulations that amend schedule 29 of the Coronavirus Act 2020, which introduced emergency measures to delay when social and private tenants can be evicted during the Covid-19 pandemic by requiring landlords to provide longer notice periods of their intention to seek possession.

In force from 31 May 2021, the Coronavirus Act 2020 (Residential Tenancies: Protection from Eviction) (Amendment) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2021 (SI.No.564/2021) - 

In addition, in force from 1 June 2021, the Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) (England) (Amendment) and Suspension (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 (SI.No.562/2021) make consequential changes to the notice period requirements in the prescribed form for serving notice of a property let on an assured tenancy or an assured agricultural occupancy (Form 3) and under Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 (Form 6A).

SI.No.564/2021 and SI.No.562/2021 are available from legislation.gov.uk