Buy-to-let landlords in England will now have to give tenants six months’ notice to vacate their property except in cases involving anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse, until “at least the end of March”.
The government made the announcement on Friday when it also confirmed that the ban on possession proceedings in England and Wales will be extended until 20 September.
A landlord in England can now only ask a tenant to leave during the fixed term if they have certain reasons (‘grounds’) to do so, including if tenants are behind with their rent payments (‘in arrears’), renters have used the property for illegal purposes, such as selling drugs, or if they have seriously damaged the property.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “I know this year has been challenging and all of us are still living with the effects of Covid-19. That is why I am announcing a further four-week ban on evictions, meaning no renters will have been evicted for six months.
“I am also increasing protections for renters – six-month notice periods must be given to tenants, supporting renters over winter.
“However it is right that the most egregious cases, for example those involving anti-social behaviour or domestic abuse perpetrators, begin to be heard in court again. So when courts reopen, landlords will once again be able to progress these priority cases.”
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