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The Government has introduced a new six month notice period until at least the end of March.

Alongside the extension of the eviction ban for another four weeks, the government is requiring landlords to provide tenants with six months’ notice in all cases except those involving anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse perpetrators, until at least the end of March.

On Friday, the government confirmed that it is extending the ban on evictions until the 20th September, meaning in total no legal evictions will have taken place for six months.

When courts do resume eviction hearings the most serious cases will be prioritised, ensuring landlords are able to progress the most serious cases, such as those involving anti-social behaviour and other crimes, as well as where landlords have not received rent for over a year and would otherwise face unmanageable debts.

According to independent research, 87% of tenants have continued to pay full rent since the start of the pandemic, with a further 8% agreeing reduced fees with their landlords.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “I know this year has been challenging and all of us are still living with the effects of Covid-19. That is why today I am announcing a further four week ban on evictions, meaning no renters will have been evicted for six months.  I am also increasing protections for renters – six month notice periods must be given to tenants, supporting renters over winter.  However, it is right that the most egregious cases, for example those involving anti-social behaviour or domestic abuse perpetrators, begin to be heard in court again; and so when courts reopen, landlords will once again be able to progress these priority cases.”

As a result, any notices that are issued from today will be for a minimum of six months rather than the three months previously introduced earlier this year as an increase to the usual two month Notice Period.

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Private landlords, like yourself, play an important role in the rental market and it is important that we pay attention to the challenges they sometimes face.  We thought that all Landlords should be made aware that this has happened.   If you have any questions or if there were other unrelated questions you might have, then contact our Charminster office on 01202 565758 and we’d be pleased to help you to let and manage your properties.

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