Upcoming change to Section 21

From the 1st October 2021, Section 21 notices will change again. We had mentioned a phased return to the usual notice periods in our previous blog:

https://painsmith.co.uk/updates-on-notice-periods-and-bailiff-evictions/

 

The originally proposed timeline has now been confirmed meaning that from 1st October 2021, the notice period for section 21 notice will revert back to the pre-coronavirus position with only 2 months notice being the minimum required.

 

It remains unclear if notice periods for section 8s will follow suit and return to pre-COVID levels. Having said this it is worth noting that the Coronavirus Act, still remains in effect and has been extended until at least 25th March 2022. However, certain elements of the legislation, like those relating to notice periods for section 21s are just suspended. This essentially means that the government can once again increase notice periods if the public health situation worsens.

 

As always with any changes to section 21 notices, make sure you are always using the up to date version as and when you need to serve notice:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/assured-tenancy-forms#form-6a