The government has confirmed to Propertymark that temporary emergency measures introduced as part of the Coronavirus Act 2020 stipulating that landlords provide longer notice periods when seeking possession of residential property will come to an end on 30 September 2021.
From 1 October eviction notice periods will return to pre-COVID levels, with the four-month period currently required for evictions issues since 1 June 2021 returning to two months’ notice if landlords issue tenants with a Section 21 or Section 8 notice to evict.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said in a statement that: “While these measures were appropriate at the height of the pandemic, these restrictions could only ever be temporary. Returning notice periods to their pre-COVID lengths from 1 October will allow landlords to repossess their property where necessary.”
“However, we intend to retain the power to implement these measures again in the case that the public health situation worsens and these measures are required again.”
Isobel Thomson, Chief Executive of safeagent, says:
“We welcome the clarity from government regarding notice periods and the return to a reasonable and fair timescale for landlords to be able to obtain possession of their property where appropriate.”
“We feel that recognition should be given to the proven ability of landlords, tenants and agents who during the pandemic have worked together to maintain tenancies.
“When notice periods return to pre-Covid levels we don’t believe there will be any less appetite to sustain those tenancies or that we’ll see a sudden spike in evictions.”