Landlords in England now need to give tenants six months’ notice to seek possession through the courts, up from three.
This will apply to all notices being served to both private and social tenancies from 29 August until March 2021, including Section 21s. However, there are some exceptions, as landlords can give four weeks’ notice to seek possession in cases of anti-social behaviour.
Simon Davis, president of the Law Society of England and Wales said: “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.”
These changes come after the government extended the stay on evictions by a further four weeks, now ending on 20 September, and changes to court rules to manage court backlogs and prevent a spike in homelessness.
“The stay extension means courts can continue to make the necessary arrangements to manage cases safely during Covid-19.
“The government and the courts have also passed new court rules and provided extra protections to vulnerable tenants and those who have been significantly impacted by the pandemic.
“However, more needs to be done, including resolving the legal aid deserts currently preventing tenants in some areas from receiving legal advice and making wider legislative changes to prevent a spike in homelessness.”