Section: Security of Tenure

New eviction rules - reduced notice period in force from 1st June

Posted 01.06.21
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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 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. These include:

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.

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