The government has announced that a ban on residential evictions and the requirement to provide a six-month notice period to tenants before eviction have both been extended until 31 May 2021 as a result of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Exemptions remain in place for the most serious circumstances such as illegal occupation, anti-social behaviour and arrears of 6 months’ rent or more.

Possession proceedings continue and Landlords may still serve Section 21 Notices but it is a continued requirement to give a tenant a six-month notice period. This means that a Landlord who serves an incorrect Section 21 Notice may need to serve a further six-month notice again before starting possession proceedings. This could be a costly mistake to make, particularly if a Landlord has already waited those six months or more, only to find out they have to start the procedure all over again.

Likewise, a Landlord may still serve Section 8 Notices but as the law is ever-changing, care must be taken to ensure that the Section 8 Notice complies with the most recent changes in the law.

Given the significant consequences of an invalid notice, any Landlords considering serving a Notice seeking possession should obtain legal advice before doing so. Equally, any tenants who have concerns over losing their home should obtain legal advice as soon as possible.

For further advice on any landlord and tenant matters, call Rachel Alder on 01642 475252 or email at info@askews.com

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