September Coronavirus Update for Residential Landlords
The Coronavirus Act 2020 (Residential Tenancies and Notices) (Amendment and Suspension) (England) Regulations 2021.
All Residential Landlords will have been aware of the intention of the Government to gradually return the Notice periods that must be given to Tenants to pre-pandemic time scales.
With effect from 1 October 2021 all the extended Notice periods brought in by the emergency regulations are removed, and the pre pandemic Notice periods are restored.
However, the Government has reserved the right for the Secretary of State to reimpose extended Notice Periods until 25 March 2022.
Please also be aware that new forms of Notice have been produced and they must be used from 1 October 2021. They affect Notices for claims under section 83 Housing Act 1985; section 8 Housing Act 1988 [i.e. removal of tenant due to rent arrears] and section 21 Housing Act 1988 [no fault notices to remove the tenant]
Court fees are also due to rise from 30 September 2021.
In March 2020 the “right to rent” checks (under the Immigration Act 2014) were temporarily relaxed because of the pandemic. Landlords were allowed to rely on scanned or photo versions of documents which could be emailed rather than have to see the originals; and could check IDs by using video calls using Zoom and Teams etc.
Those relaxations will end on 5 April 2022.
This reflects the law at the date of publication and is written as a general guide. It does not contain definitive legal advice, which should be sought as appropriate in relation to a particular matter.
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