New eviction rules come into force from June 2021, meaning social housing landlords will soon need to give just four months’ notice to most tenants.
The shorter notice period, confirmed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, coincides with the lifting of bailiff-enforced evictions which have been in effect since emergency pandemic measures were enforced last year.
From 1 June, notice periods that are currently six months will reduce to at four months. Notice periods for tenants who are in arrears by less than four months’ will be reduced again from 1 August, with only two months’ notice required.
Meanwhile, notice periods for the most serious cases will remain lower.
- Anti-social behaviour (immediate to four weeks’ notice)
- Domestic abuse in the social sector (two to four weeks’ notice)
- False statement (two to four weeks’ notice)
- Four months’ or more accumulated rent arrears (four weeks’ notice)
- Breach of immigration rules ‘Right to Rent’ (two weeks’ notice)
- Death of a tenant (2=two months’ notice)
The Government has indicated that subject to the Covid-19 roadmap progressing as hoped, notice periods will return to pre-pandemic levels from 1 October 2021.
Housing minister Christopher Pincher said: “From the beginning of the pandemic, we have taken unprecedented action to protect renters and help keep them in their homes.
“As COVID restrictions are eased in line with the roadmap out of lockdown, we will ensure tenants continue to be supported with longer notice periods, while also balancing the need for landlords to access justice.
“Crucial financial support also remains in place including the furlough scheme and uplift to Universal Credit.”
If you're looking for advice on evictions and possession orders, please contact our Social Housing legal team.