The government have now confirmed that from 1st October 2021, the notice periods required when serving either a Section 8 or Section 21 Notice are to reduce to pre-pandemic lengths.
Following 18 months of uncertainty and changes in relation to possession proceedings during the Coronavirus pandemic, landlords will undoubtedly welcome the news regarding the notice periods required under Section 8 and Section 21 Housing Act 1988.
It has now been confirmed that from the 1st October 2021, the notice periods will reduce to pre-pandemic periods, meaning when serving a Notice pursuant to Section 21 you will only need to give a 2 month notice period. When serving Notice pursuant to Section 8, most grounds will also only require a 2-month notice period with a reduced notice period for certain grounds like serious rent arrears and out of season holiday lets which will only require 2 weeks’ notice.
The government have also advised that the forms for both the Section 8 and Section 21 Notices will be updated on the 1st October to reflect the latest changes. The notes for Section 8 Notices, which have always been contained within Form 3, will be moved onto a separate document on the 1st October 2021 and will be available on the GOV.uk website. These must be served with all Section 8 Notices from this date.
Whilst this is great news for landlords, the government has also extended the ‘relevant period’ of Schedule 29 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 to 25 March 2022 meaning that the government can, if necessary, use their emergency powers to impose longer notice periods if circumstances change.
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