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Section 21 notice period changes

September 30th 2021
By: Davis Tate
Section 21 notice period changes

The UK Government has confirmed to Propertymark, the governing body for property agents that Davis Tate are active members in, that notice periods will return to pre-Covid lengths in England from 1st October 2021.

Following the pandemic and the introduction of the Coronavirus Act 2020, the UK Government increased all notices to six months for most grounds (including Section 21 notices), with exemptions for certain serious cases. Since June 1st 2021, notice periods must be at least four months in most circumstances.

From the 1st October 2021, notice periods will return to their pre-Covid lengths of 2 months’ notice.

The UK Government will however retain the power to implement any similar measures again in the future should the public health situation worsen.

Therefore legislation has been tabled that retains the ability for the UK Government to reapply longer notice periods until 25 March 2022 should they need to. If this is the case the UK Government will update the landlord, tenant and local authority renting guidance and court guidance ahead of 1st October 2021 to reflect the change in notice periods reverting to their pre-Covid lengths. 

Claire Tier, Lettings Director, said of the change

"The changes to notice periods were brought in to help tenants at the start of the pandemic when the country was in lockdown. Now that we are easing back into normality the Government are reverting back to the original notice periods. However if the situation changes and the longer notice periods are re-introduced, we will advise all landlords and tenants immediately."

If you have any questions regarding how this change could impact you or have a general lettings enquiry then please contact your local branch lettings contact. 

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