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Update on Notice Periods and Bailiff Restrictions

The government has announced in a press release from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government that both the current extension to notice periods for most notices seeking possession and the current ban on bailiff evictions are to continue until at least 31 May 2021. Both restrictions were previously due to expire on 31 March 2021.


Therefore, the notice period for a section 21 notice remains at a minimum of 6 months for the foreseeable future. The notice periods for section 8 notices will also remain but as was the vase previously before shall vary dependent upon the grounds cited.  Fro example, notices reliant on ground 8 for rent arrears continue to require 6 months’ notice where between 2-6 months’ rent are outstanding. 4 weeks’ notice will be required where the tenant has accrued at least 6 months of arrears.


The updated legislation is yet to be published, however, the announcement did not detail any changes in scope to the current requirements. Our previous blog detailing the exemptions to the Bailiff restrictions is available at the link below:



Published 19 March 2021

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