New Notice Periods For Landlords To Be Aware Of

At Just Lets Peterborough, we aim to support local landlords as best we can. We offer a wide range of property management services, helping you manage your property, and tenants.

One of the most important tasks for a landlord is staying in touch with administrative matters. We appreciate this can be a full-time task, so if you are looking for assistance in this matter, we can help.

Shorter time-frame notice periods

As of 1st June 2021, any notice period which is currently set at six months will reduce to four months. However, the following notice periods, which are in effect for more serious matters, have a shorter time-frame. Therefore, it is important landlords familiarise themselves with the following notice periods:

Ground 7 – Death of a Tenant (2 months’ notice)

Ground 7B – Breach of Immigration rules ‘Right to Rent’ (2 weeks’ notice)

Ground 8 – Over 4 months’ accumulated rent arrears (4 weeks’ notice)

Ground 14 – Anti-Social Behaviour (immediate to 4 weeks’ notice)

Ground 14A – Domestic Abuse in the social sector (2 to 4 weeks’ notice)

Ground 17 – False Statement (2 to 4 weeks’ notice)

In any case where there is a minimum of four months’ unpaid rent, the notice period will change to two months’ notice, and this comes into effect from 1st August 2021. It is also expected that notice periods will return to their pre-pandemic levels as of 1st October 2021, although this will depend on the latest public health advice at the time.

Noted names have their say

Housing minister Christopher Pincher said: “From the beginning of the pandemic, we have taken unprecedented action to protect renters and help keep them in their homes. As Covid restrictions are eased in line with the roadmap out of lockdown, we will ensure tenants continue to be supported with longer notice periods.”

Isobel Thomson, Safeagent chief executive, said: “Landlords who have maintained tenancies throughout the pandemic at often personal cost and hardship now have a clear route to repossessing their properties should they need to do so. Tenants have the certainty of knowing they will continue to be protected with a longer notice period for the months ahead.”

Mark Hayward, chief policy advisor at Propertymark, commented: “Whilst the reduced notice periods are still longer than pre-Covid, it is pleasing to see the UK government continuing to provide financial support to tenants, combatting rent arrears as well as providing clarity for the rental sector as we navigate the easing of restrictions.”

If you are a landlord in or around Peterborough, and you need assistance in managing your rental property, we can help. We know these are challenging times for landlords, but there is a demand for rental property. When you need guidance in the local market, contact Just Lets Peterborough today, and we will be happy to help you.

You can find Just Lets Peterborough at 142 Oundle Road, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE2 9PJ. Feel free to email us at peterborough@justlets.com or call us today on 01733 346255.