From Saturday 29 August 2020, new legislation has been introduced that requires Landlords to provide at least 6 months’ notice of eviction prior to seeking possession through the courts. This also extends the validity period within which a landlord must commence proceedings after service of a section 21 notice, from 6-10 months, in order to accommodate the change in notice period.
It is important to note that notices served on or before 28 August will not be affected by these changes and must still be at least 3 months.
In addition, new court rules have been agreed, which will come into force on 20 September meaning landlords will need to set out in their claim any relevant information about a tenant’s circumstances, including information on the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic. Where this information is not provided, judges will have the ability to adjourn proceedings.
This new 6 months’ notice requirement is set to run until March 2021 but will exclude serious cases such as those involving incidents of anti-social behaviour or domestic abuse.
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