Notice periods for repossession in England in the private rental sector return to pre-COVID lengths from 1 October 2021, mainly from 4 months to 2 months for Assured Shorthold and Assured Tenancies. This applies to Sections 8 and 21 of the Housing Act 1988.
Following the pandemic, the UK Government introduced in March 2020 the Coronavirus Act 2020 affecting notice periods for serving Sections 8 and 21. In August 2020, it increased all notices to 6 months for most grounds. From 1 June 2021 until 30 September 2021, notice periods had to be at least 4 months in most circumstances apart from exemptions* for the most serious cases.
From 1 August 2021, notice periods for cases where there are less than 4 months of unpaid rent have been reduced back to 2 months’ notice.
From 1 October 2021, notice periods for sections 8 and 21 of the Housing Act 1988 return to pre-pandemic lengths, mostly 2 months. Landlords must ensure that they use the newly amended forms for Section 8 (Form 3) and Section 21 (Form 6a).
* List of exemptions with a shorter notice period:
- Anti-social behaviour
- 6 months’ worth of rent arrears
- Trespassers and squatters (Civil Procedure rules apply)
- Domestic violence
- Illegal activity
- Offence during a riot
- False information provided by the tenant or one of their referees/ guarantors (ie. no right to rent in the UK)
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