Government confirms that notice periods will return to normal from 1 October 2021

10 September 2021

After more than 18 months of disruption, the government has confirmed that notice periods will return to their pre-pandemic levels on 1 October 2021.

Notice periods in England will return to normal levels from 1 October 2021, the government has confirmed to Propertymark. Notice periods have been four-months in all but the most serious cases since June 2021. In August, the notice period for cases where there are less than four months of unpaid rent was reduced to two months.

However, according to Propertymark, the government "intends to retain the power to implement any similar measures again in the future should the public health situation worsen. To this end, legislation has been tabled that retains the ability for the UK Government to reapply longer notice periods until 25 March 2022 as a backstop."

The government confirmed to Propertymark that the guidance would be updated ahead of 1 October 2021 to reflect that notice periods will be reverting to their pre-pandemic levels. 

A statement from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government obtained by Letting Agent Today says that, "while these measures were appropriate at the height of the pandemic, these restrictions could only ever be temporary. Returning notice periods to their pre-Covid lengths from 1 October will allow landlords to repossess their property where necessary.”

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