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Lettings: Changes to Section 21 Notices

Published: 07/10/2020

Due to Covid-19, the government has now changed minimum notice periods tenants receive for evictions from three to six months. This rule will be in place in England until at least 31st March 2021, apart from in cases involving things like anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse.

Normally, Section 21 notices require two months’ notice, while Section Eight evictions can have a notice period of between two weeks and two months, depending on which tenancy terms were broken.
It’s uncertain whether the notice will then go back to the normal eight weeks’ or if the change will be extended.

This change also stands for break clauses and six month tenancy agreements, as legally notice cannot be served until the fourth month these terms will be affected, meaning if there is a break clause within a contract we used to issue two months’ notice on the fourth month, the contract then ended at the sixth month.

However, with the change we can issue notice at the fourth month, but it will not expire until the tenth month.

We are happy to help with any questions the above may bring, our team are constantly revising new legislative updates to remain as compliant as possible during these already uncertain times.

You can contact our Lettings team on 01362 693591 / lettings@sowerbys.com