After approximately 18 months of emergency Coronavirus Regulations affecting a landlord’s ability to regain possession of a rental property, the government has now confirmed that notice periods for tenancies, in England, will return to their pre-pandemic levels on 1 October 2021.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government released a statement confirming;

"While these measures were appropriate at the height of the pandemic, these restrictions could only ever be temporary. Returning notice periods to their pre-Covid lengths from 1 October will allow landlords to repossess their property where necessary.  “However, we intend to retain the power to implement these measures again in the case that the public health situation worsens and these measures are required again.”

This means that from 1st October 2021, Section 21 and Section 8 Notices Requiring Possession, will revert from the current 4 months’ notice to 2 months’ notice - unless in the most serious of breaches of the tenancy agreement have occurred. 

Please note that the above applies in England with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland having separate legislation. 

If you require any further explanation, information or advice, contact Vanessa Carter, Head of Lettings 01993 822325

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