New six-month minimum notice period
On 29 August 2020, legislation was introduced to extend the minimum notice period from three months to six months. This means that landlords must now give tenants at least six months’ notice before they can evict, until March 2021.
Eviction notices served on and before 28 August are not affected by these changes, and must be at least 3 months.
Notice of less than 6 months’ can only be given in the most serious of cases, such as:
- Anti-social behaviour (now 4 weeks’ notice)
- Domestic abuse (now 2 to 4 weeks’ notice)
- False statement (now 2 to 4 weeks’ notice)
- Over 6 months’ rent arrears (now 4 weeks’ notice)
- Breach of immigration rules ‘Right to Rent’ (now 3 months’ notice)
The stay on possession proceedings has been extended until 20 September 2020.