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Are there legal issues with the six-month notice period for possession claims?

Buy-to-let landlords must now provide tenants with at least six months’ notice period prior to seeking possession through the courts in most cases, including  section and section 21 evictions, as well as rent arrears under six months.

Legislation relating to the new temporary notice period in England was introduced on Saturday 29 August, and will remain in place until at least 31 March 2021, except in the most serious of cases, such as incidents of anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse perpetrators. But are there potential issues with the notice period changes?

A leading property litigation and housing lawyer will host a free online briefing tomorrow 


David Smith, a partner at JMW Solicitors and Legal Counsel at the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA), will present the free briefing in partnership with Fixflo. 

The new process is complicated by the fact that the six-month notice period is not uniform and in certain cases far shorter notice periods are possible, and that is why Smith wants to offer some much-needed clarity to the procedures surrounding section 8 and section 21 notices.

Smith will dissect the background of the regulations and point out the immediate impact these changes will have on pending and future possession claims. 

The webinar will also highlight potential issues with the new rules and how agents and landlords could accelerate possession claims under section 8 of the Housing Act.

Registration is completely free, and all registered participants will be sent a link to the full recording and relevant reading materials afterward.

The live stream will take place tomorrow, 4 September 2020, 10 - 11 AM BST. 

You can register now, for free, by clicking here

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    • 03 September 2020 12:26 PM

    How come only Agents can hear what is likely happening to MY money?
    And I am paying those damned agents.
    Unforgivable from this bloke Smith.
    Typical of bloody lawyers too.

    I am mad about this. and I deserve an apology. How dare they? It feels that they do not even think about all the money is coming from!!!!!!!

    But then again, they don't give a damn about LL either.


    What gives you the impression that only Agents can hear what is likely happening to YOUR money ?

    EDIT: mmm... okay, I get your point - I wonder what other email addresses they don't accept apart from gmail - maybe it's just to cut out the amount of spam that they might receive from unscrupulous competitors - called a DDOS attack for those in the know.

    • 03 September 2020 12:58 PM

    They want so called "business" email addresses... Not GMAIL or HOTMAIL for sure.


    They will not accept my email either, so I won't bother

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    • 03 September 2020 12:34 PM

    Because they demand a business email address, so Gmail and Hotmail are not allowed into their little coven....



    Apologies, your reply was quicker than my edit.

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    • 03 September 2020 12:45 PM


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    Yahoo not allowed .

    • 03 September 2020 12:59 PM

    I prefer pathetic to Yahoo!!!!!

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    • 03 September 2020 12:56 PM

    Yes...As a LL I am not allowed to listen to what this bunch of cretins are doing behind locked doors and with no concern for the people who effectively pay THEIR salaries.


    He is now OFF my list of suppliers.

    And I guarantee that Mr. Smith will not even have the courtesy to reply to me.

    If he would care to, I will happily give him my gmail or hotmail address, but of course, he wants me to waste money on a "business" email.

    So he wastes my money too. How arrogant can these people get.

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    • 03 September 2020 12:57 PM

    They want so called "business" email addresses... Not GMAIL or HOTMAIL for sure.

  • girish mehta

    Money making scam,advertise service for free, they get the leads and agents gets commission and then scam the landloards.
    Nice earner

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    • 03 September 2020 13:16 PM

    All I want to do is hear what they have to say.
    No way will this scammer ever get any of my cash.

    Even if they plan to give me cash, their insult is enough for me tell them to FO.

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    • 03 September 2020 13:18 PM

    No consideration whatsoever.....
    So unprofessional. He should be struck off.

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    • 03 September 2020 13:24 PM

    And to make it even more pathetic, the company JMW: -------->
    David Smith, a partner at JMW Solicitors and Legal Counsel at the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA), will present the free briefing in partnership with Fixflo.

    Strewth......!!!!!! He even represents the NRLA!!!!!! And it is free.....!

    What utter nonsense.

    I hope his FixFlo drops off!!!

    And I am a bloody member and don't get access!!!!

  • Matthew Payne

    "Webinar" during this lockdown has become the candy wrapper for sales funnel.


    Who cares about the wrapping ?.. doesn't matter whether it's Christmas or chocolate ?

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    • 03 September 2020 13:48 PM

    Well....they are not very good at running sales funnels.
    He has lost me and has also shut out ALL LL.


    FixFlo is only really of any use to agents.

    • 03 September 2020 16:07 PM

    But it seems to me they are talking about things that are VERY relevant to LL!!!!!!
    And we should be allowed to hear it.


    Truthfully they don’t give a toss about any gaps in your knowledge or otherwise…it’s just one big sales-pitch. I’ll let you know what’s said, if you like? It’ll just be DS waffling on explaining pretty much what we already know and to say even *he* doesn’t know what we don’t know.

    • 03 September 2020 16:24 PM

    Well they should give a toss......It is my money that pays them!!!!!!!


    Pays whom? FixFlo? It is their webinar, not the NRLA’s. If you are an NRLA member, you may seriously want to reconsider for it is primarily a business that will only ever do what is best for their directors/shareholders, rather than what’s right for LLs. A few online forms and access to an advice line is far too tempting for most, though.

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    Our friend Seb is certainly on fire today !


    Don't hate the player.. hate the game ?

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    • 03 September 2020 15:14 PM

    The game is OK.......The player is cheating!!!!!


    That's what children call a sore loser ?

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    • 03 September 2020 15:15 PM

    Kids cheat too....!


    Yeah but it's not little league anymore ?

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    They will not accept me either, we have lost all control over our business, simply it's been hi-jacked we are the main participants, owners and providers of private housing, now excluded from our own business its some farce, many things has happened to me in 42 years a LL but this is low.

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    So the Guild of Lettings Management are hosting a similar webinar on 10th if anyone wants to check that out.

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    • 04 September 2020 10:44 AM

    I don't think many LA understand that they aren't really needed in the majority.
    It would be a real pain for many LL but if push comes to shove they can manage their rental properties themselves.

    Those who are reliant on LL being LL should encourage and facilitate all LL being knowledgeable and aware of issues etc in the PRS.

    A LL after all is legally responsible for EVERYTHING even if he appoints an agent to manage things for him.

    To have a well informed and engaged LL is surely a good thing for ALL parties!

    So this webinar should have been open to any LL irrespective of email address.

  • Don Holmes

    • 06 September 2020 08:28 AM

    That's right we LL
    who take all the financial risks are totally correct in being entitled.

    We don't need those who feed of our acumen like LA.
    Most LA I've come across are clueless.
    LL if they bother are perfectly capable of educating themselves.
    There are fantastic resources available online.
    LL just have to bother engaging with them.
    Only LL who can't be bothered use LA.
    I doubt any LA knows more than me.
    I have just learnt from other LL and websites.
    There is no need for LL to pay for knowledge though formalising that knowledge via CPD would be no bad thing.
    I'd make every LL undergo CPD just like HGV and PSV drivers have to undertake.

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    Knowledge what knowledge ?, are we supposed to pay for, is it all this Computer crap they dream up for the sake of destroying us. We have been doing it for decades now they want us to learn how to do it, good that isn't it. Although I have done several Courses in recent years for Accreditation & to collect Points costing me hundreds of £'s and for what, all rubbish I had been doing it for 40 years before that, its not about housing anymore just red tape / fodder for free loaders Digital Academics to take over.


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