Residential tenancy repossession – Notice periods reducing
After a turbulent 18 months, during which notice periods went up, then up further, then down a bit, residential notice periods for assured shorthold tenancies in England will go back down to “normal” on 1 October 2021.
• For Section 21 (so called “no fault” evictions) – 2 months’ notice
• For Section 8 (for the most usual 2 months’ arrears of rent) – 2 weeks’ notice
The change is not retrospective so notices served before 1 October still have the longer time period. This means there may be a few situations where a landlord can save some time by serving a fresh notice after 1 October.
Other restrictions on when notices can be served – which particularly apply to Section 21 notices – still apply so there should still be a careful assessment of these before any notice is served.
There will be new forms produced by the government which must be used after 1 October 2021.