The notice period for Landlords wishing to terminate a residential tenancy agreement at their property was reviewed in March as a result of the global pandemic.

The Coronavirus Act 2020 originally increased a landlord’s notice period to three months, from the statutory two months.

As of 29th August 2020, the standard notice period for an AST has been extended to six months.

If however any of the following circumstances apply there are slight variations to the notice period required:

  • Where a notice is served on the grounds of rent arrears, if there are more than 6 months of arrears outstanding, the notice period will be four weeks. Where there are less than 6 months of arrears, the notice period will be 6 months.
  • If the tenant is in breach of immigration rules or has died, the notice period will remain at three months.
  • The statutory basis of notice, two months for an AST, will still apply if notice is being served due to anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse, riot or fraud.

The period over which these Regulations will apply has been extended to 31st March 2021.

If a tenant wishes to serve notice however, the notice period remains as outlined within the tenancy agreement.

We will keep you updated but if you do have any queries, please call Hennie Carter on 01285 883740.

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Mrs Tucker June 2020

I have been seriously impressed with your team at Butler Sherborn. Karen and Vanessa have been incredibly helpful and efficient, so huge thanks from me.
— Mrs Tucker, June 2020