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New rules mean landlords must give six months notice before evicting tenants

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The UK Government has changed the law so that most renters must be given a six month notice period.

Landlords have to give at least six months notice to their tenants before they can evict them.

The rules come as part of an unprecedented level of support for renters during the coronavirus crisis.

Legislation claims that in cases of anti-social behaviour, or domestic abuse perpetrators, a notice period of less than six months may be allowed.

The current stay on possession proceedings has also been extended to September 20.

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This means that no evictions will be enforced until September 20 giving vulnerable tenants or those facing hardship a little legroom to figure out their next steps.

From this week, landlords must give six months notice prior to seeking possession through the courts – this includes section 21 evictions (where no reason is given) and rent arrears under six months.

If you were served notice before August 28 then the notice period is still three months.

Additionally, from September 20, landlords will need to add to their court claim any relevant information about the tenant's circumstances.

This includes the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the individual.

If the landlord doesn’t fill in this information then the judge can adjourn the proceedings.

Secretary of State for Housing, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said: “We have developed a package of support for renters to ensure they continue to be protected over winter.

“I have changed the law so that renters are protected by a six month notice period until March 2021.

“No tenant will have been legally evicted for six months at the height of the pandemic as the stay on possession proceedings has been extended until 20 September."

He continued: “For the most egregious cases, for example those involving anti-social behaviour or domestic abuse perpetrators, notice periods have returned to their normal level, and landlords will be able to progress serious rent arrears cases more quickly.

“These changes will support landlords to progress the priority cases while keeping the public safe over winter.

“We will keep these measures under review and decisions will continue to be guided by the latest public health advice.”

The new rules apply to both private sector and the social sector in England.

You can check the full list of rules on the gov.uk website.

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