Coronavirus advice for Landlords

There have been a number of recent changes in the law effecting Landlords when seeking possession of a domestic residential property. 

The Housing Act 1988, and the amendments made in 1996 are still very relevant. However, The Coronavirus Act 2020 came into force 26th March, followed by changes announced 5th June by the Housing Secretary that extended the notice period to be given to tenants to 5 months.

Please see the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ban-on-evictions-extended-by-2-months-to-further-protect-renters

The Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Amendment) Regulations 2020 came into force 2nd September; this legislation has changed the legal position again.

Please see the link below:

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/924/made

The above changes in legislation have been made to protect tenants from eviction.

Please see the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/private-renting-tenancy-agreements/your-landlord-wants-to-end-your-tenancy

Due to the changes in the law that came into force on 2nd September 2020, landlords must now give tenants six months’ notice when seeking possession of a property let on an assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) in England, except in certain serious cases. The six-month notice period will remain in place until the end of March 2021. The government have advised on how all the above regulations should be interpreted by the courts. Courts will only give a Landlord possession in under 6 months where either “serious criminal activity” or “serious domestic abuse” is proved.

 Please see our Coronavirus – Advice for tenants (under the Tenants tab) on this website or by clicking the button below.

In these challenging times, we can offer specialist advice on the best way forward for Landlords to manage their investment and for Tenants to avoid debt.

If you are a landlord and need any help or advice please do not hestitate to contact us either by phone or email … “we are here to help!” 

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