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COVID-19: notice periods for seeking possession

Notice periods

The Coronavirus Act 2020 (CVA 2020), which came into force on 26 March 2020, extended the notice periods in relation to possession proceedings for certain residential tenancies. The provisions contained in Schedule 29 were originally due to end on 30 September 2020. COVID-19 notice periods for seeking possession have now been extended until 31 March 2021.

The notice period that must be given in most types of notice seeking possession of residential properties in England or Wales between 29 August 2020 and 31 March 2021 is increased from three to six months.

A shorter period can be claimed if the grounds of eviction relate to anti-social behaviour or domestic violence. In England, a shorter notice period is also permitted for fraud or where at least six months’ rent is unpaid at the date on which the notice seeking possession is served.

The above confirms that private Landlords must seek clear advice and a properly drafted tenancy agreement. The obligations on a landlord are now increasing.

If you would like any more information relating to this article or require assistance with possession matters, commercial or residential, then please feel free to contact me: Telephone – 020 8221 8032, via email: or visit my profile.

This is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.

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