The Government has announced further changes to Section 21 notices in England. From the 29 August 2020 all Section 21 notices must be at least 6 months. In order to deal with the fact that Section 36 Deregulation Act 2015 stated that court proceedings must be started within 6 months of the Section 21 being served the law had been amended and now landlords have 10 months in which to begin court proceedings.
The only exceptions to this are the most egregious cases, including where tenants have demonstrated anti-social behaviour or committed fraud, and understandably the landlord would like to re-let their property to another tenant.
At the same time the Government extended the stay on possession claims and evictions, which was due to expire on 23 August 2020, for a further 4 weeks until 20 September 2020. We await to see what happens after this date.
Andrew Lane, Barrister from Cornerstones, will be providing more details on the rules around notices and eviction at the London Homelessness Conference which will be held online via Zoom on the 23 September 2020.
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