Lucy Nolan, Lettings Partner with Symonds & Sampson welcomed the Government’s announcement that changes will be made to current notice periods as part of a gradual easing of restrictions enforced during lockdown.
From 1st June 2021, the current 6 month notice period that landlords have to give/serve to tenants will be reduced to 4 months. Assuming the further easing of restrictions continues as set out in the roadmap, it is hoped that the notice periods will return to pre-pandemic terms from 1st October 2021.
Where certain extenuating circumstances apply, such as significant arrears, domestic abuse or anti-social behaviour, notice periods are also reduced, with the current ban on evictions lifted from 31 May 2021.
‘This is good news, and a step in the right direction for landlords who often have very genuine reasons for requiring possession of their property. There is still some way to go, however we can see a clear plan towards a return to normal.’
Despite being a turbulent and unprecedented year, Symonds & Sampson are pleased to report that the arrears within their management portfolio are at a low level. This is a result of the hard work from our Property Management Department working together with Landlords and Tenants to ensure that communication channels are kept open and payment plans discussed and put in place. Tenants also have the additional support from the Government with the Job Retention Scheme and Universal Credit uplift which will remain in place until the end of September.