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Landlord legislation update

September 23, 2020 Kate Porter

Temporary changes to Section 21 Notice
Please note that there has been a further change to the legislation surrounding Section 21’s and the process of repossession.
Notice periods have been temporarily extended as a result of the current Covid situation. To be clear if you issue a Section 21 to a tenant after 26th August, it must be for a minimum period of 6 months.
It is also worth noting that courts in England and Wales have reopened to hear possession hearings as of 21st September. This means that courts will begin to hear cases against those who have not paid rent or are guilty of unacceptable behaviour.
However, landlords should be aware that even with the introduction of ten new Nightingale courts, recently introduced to assist with the backlog of cases, there are still delays with hearings. Landlords should bear in mind that the eviction system is now more complex; landlords seeking to repossess a property through the courts due to rent arrears are now required to provide information relating to the effect of Covid on the tenant.
It is all the more important during these ever changing and complicated times that landlords follow professional advice. The team at The Country House Company are regulated by ARLA Propertymark and professionally qualified to give you the necessary advice and keep you aware of changes in legislation.
If you have any concerns regarding tenancies please call Kate Morton on 023 92 632275 or email