The Coronavirus Act 2020 has provided protection to social and private tenants by delaying when landlords can evict tenants and on 10 March 2021, the government extended the moratorium on residential evictions during lockdown until 31 May 2021.
Termination notice periods for residential tenants were increased to six months during this period but from 1 June 2021 these will be reduced to four months. This applies to both section 21 and section 8 notices.
This means that landlords will in future have to give tenants four months written notice before they can start possession proceedings, with the exception of very serious cases e.g. anti-social behaviour.
Bailiffs will also be able to enforce evictions, although they will be asked not to do so if someone in the property has Covid-19 symptoms or is self-isolating.
If you are a landlord seeking advice or guidance in relation to dealing with a tenant, then call and speak to our Landlord and Tenant specialists on 01904 624903.