The Coronavirus Act 2020 (Residential Tenancies and Notices) (Amendment and Suspension) (England) Regulations 2021 coming into force on 1 October 2021 means that notice periods will now revert to pre-covid time.
What does this mean?
This means that the notice period for section 21 notice will revert to 2 months’ notice and section 8 notices relying on grounds 8, 10, and 11 will revert to 2 weeks.
In addition, the Government is also publishing Form 6A (for Section 21) and Form 3(for section 8) which will come into force from 1st October 2021. It is therefore important that landlord/agent use the correct notice that is in force once they intend to serve notice on a tenant.
Notices must be in a prescribed form, as such the court will generally not accept notices served on the wrong version of the form.
The position remains that section 21 cannot be served within the first four months of a fixed-term tenancy.
If you are a landlord considering section 21 notice, it may be quicker for you to consider waiting until 1st October rather than having to serve a notice for 4 months.
If you have any queries about the changes to notices, whether you are a landlord or tenant. Contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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