EVICTION and COVID-19: From the 29th of August Landlords must provide at least 6 months’ notice period prior to seeking possession through the courts in most cases, except in the most serious of cases, such as incidents of anti-social behavior and domestic abuse perpetrators. These changes mean that from 29 August, landlords must provide at least 6 months’ notice period prior to seeking possession through the courts in most cases, including section 21 evictions and rent arrears under 6 months.
Notices served on and before 28 August are not affected by these changes, and must be at least 3 months.
The stay on possession proceedings has been extended until 20 September, meaning that in total no tenant can have been legally evicted for 6 months at the height of the pandemic in March 2020. The new legislation applies to both the private and social rented sectors in England, and to all new notices in relation to assured, assured shorthold, secure, flexible, introductory, and demoted tenancies and those under the Rent Act 1977, but not to any notices issued before the legislation comes into force.
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