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Full details of Notice and Eviction changes

The government has announced changes to tenancy notice periods in line with the phased easing of the pandemic restrictions. 

Whilst some notice periods are reducing, there are no plans to see them back to pre-pandemic levels until October.

From June 1 notice periods in England that are currently six months, will reduce to at least four months.


Notice periods for the most serious cases will remain lower:

- anti-social behaviour (immediate to 4 weeks’ notice);

- domestic abuse in the social sector (2 to 4 weeks’ notice);

- false statement (2 to 4 weeks’ notice);

- over 4 months’ accumulated rent arrears (4 weeks’ notice);

- breach of immigration rules ‘Right to Rent’ (2 weeks’ notice);

- death of a tenant (2 months’ notice)

Notice periods for cases where there is four or more months’ of unpaid rent, will reduce to two months’ notice from 1 August. 

This is to support both landlords and tenants and responds to the greater difference between COVID and pre COVID notice periods for rent arrears.

The current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions, introduced as an emergency measure during lockdown, will end on May 31.

Housing Minister Chris Pincher says: "Subject to the public health advice and progress with the Roadmap, notice periods will return to pre-pandemic levels from October 1. 

“The measures will ensure renters continue to be protected with longer notice periods for the coming months, while allowing landlords to access justice - 45 per cent of private landlords own just one property and are highly vulnerable to rent arrears."

Mark Hayward, Propertymark chief policy advisor says: “Whilst the reduced notice periods are still longer than pre-Covid, it is promising to see the government continuing to provide financial support to tenants in order to combat rent arrears, as well as providing clarity for the rental sector as we navigate the easing of restrictions.”

“This includes proposals for the abolition of Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions to give tenants greater security and a new ‘lifetime deposit’ to ease the burden when moving house.”

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    covid legislation lasts to march 2022

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    I supposed they’ll buttering us up a bit now while they bring in Renters Reform behind out backs, am I get sceptical in my old age...


    Sceptical? Possibly, but more likely realistic.

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    Percentage of tenants on eviction day saying they have symptoms

    A) 50%
    B) 75%
    C) 100%

    I know what id bet

  • James B

    Propertymark clearly a tenant backing organisation now .. anyone paying these lot subscriptions needs to think again .. those comments from Hayward sum it up, they sound like shelter

  • Paul Jones

    Does this apply to Wales?

  • PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    Mark Hayward says ; " it is promising to see the government continuing to provide financial support to tenants in order to combat rent arrears... "
    What Financial support ??? - Zilch, Nada, Diddily squat.
    The Only financial support has been Forced, by Landlords at they're expense due to Removal of the justice process.
    Hasn't cost the Govt or welfare a penny. - Lots of landlords suffered hardship tho, but who cares about Landlords, not the Govt or NRLA.

    James B

    These landlord bodies just pander to the government now , clearly scared shitless of upsetting anyone in power. Government have them all in their pockets

  • Matthew Payne

    Is this smoke and mirrors? The Renter Reform Bill should be through parliament before October. Are they teasing us, or does it suggest that "enhancing renters rights" in the Queens speech, contrary to all the 2+2=7 mathematics by the industry press, doesn't mean removing section 21 after all, but could be an alternative watered down measure that throws a bone to Shelter and others.

  • George Dawes

    Death of a tenant, 2 months notice

    How will they communicate, with a ouija board ?




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