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Coronavirus Act 2020 update

Coronavirus Act 2020 update

Published: 11/09/2020

Coronavirus Act 2020 update – New Notice Periods

The Government announced new Regulations that came into force on Saturday 29th August 2020. The guidance outlines changes to the notice period you have to give when serving either a section 21 or a section 8 notice. The changes are set to be in place until 31st March 2021 which effectively extends the Coronavirus act 2020.

Landlords must now give six months’ notice when serving a section 21 notice. This supersedes any Break Clause in the Tenancy Agreement. Section 21 notices used to expire after 6 months, this has now been amended to reflect the extended notice period and will now remain valid for 10 months from the date it is served.

The amendments are not retrospective and so do not apply to notices served before that date.

A section 8 notice must also give a notice period of six months, however if the rent arrears exceed six months rental payments, the notice period will be reduced to four weeks.

Other exceptions that apply are:
  • In cases of domestic abuse – two to four weeks notice
  • Antisocial behaviour – four weeks notice
  • Breach of immigration rules “Right to Rent” – 12 weeks notice
  • False statements – two to four weeks notice
  • Over six months accumulated rent arrears – four weeks notice

In addition, new court rules have been agreed, which will come into force on 20th September 2020, meaning Landlords will need to set out in their claim any relevant information about a tenants circumstances, including information on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the office on 020 7589 8122.