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BREAKING NEWS – Evictions ban wind down plan announced

Landlord and Tenant Update

Landlords will be glad to hear that the Government have announced plans to wind down the ban on evictions, which will coincide with reductions in notice periods that landlords must provide to tenants. This comes as the Government slowly but surely take steps towards normality now the UK is easing its way out of lockdown.

Legislation has been amended that will see bailiffs commencing with evictions from 1st June 2021.

Notice periods are being reduced from 6 months to 4 months, which will include ‘no fault’ grounds under section 21. Notice periods for the most serious cases under section 8 will remain lower. (This includes 4 weeks’ notice for over 4 months accumulated rent arrears)

The government’s plan is to return to pre-Covid timescales on October 1st 2021 in which section 8 notice periods will be between two weeks and two months depending on the grounds of the breach.

Landlords must ensure their letting agent is aware of these updated rules in order to avoid additional costs and serving incorrect notices. It is therefore essential that you obtain specialists advice on these matters to ensure that you are in the best legal position as possible. Our specialist landlord and tenant team at Sweeney Miller can work side by side with you to ensure the best possible outcome.

For further advice, contact Charlie on 0191 5682050 or by email Charlie@sweeneymiller.co.uk

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