Tenants in England facing eviction under section 21 of housing act 1988 (No fault evictions) have been granted a notice period extension from three months to six in recent government legislation. Having initially been extended to three months (from two months), this new six month notice period will apply to notices being served to both private and social landlord tenancies from 29 August 2020 until March 2021.
This new notice period will apply to almost all new s.21 notices but will exclude the the following cases:
- anti-social behaviour (now 4 weeks’ notice)
- domestic abuse (now 2 to 4 weeks’ notice)
- false statement (now 2 to 4 weeks’ notice)
- over 6 months’ accumulated rent arrears (now 4 weeks’ notice)
- breach of immigration rules ‘Right to Rent’ (now 3 months’ notice)
This notice period extension will provide relief for those tenants facing eviction, and will give vulnerable tenants the time they need to seek help and find a new place to live however it must be stressed that tenants must seek help and advice at an early stage so that they give themselves maximum time to seek alternative accommodation or to address any issues that may have led to the notice being issued.
These changes come after the government extended the stay on evictions by a further four weeks, now ending on 20 September after which the courts will start hearing possession claims once more.
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