Changes to the notice periods when ending a tenancy!

Adam Charlton, Director at Homes Partnership, explains the recent announcement of further changes to the notice periods when ending a tenancy in the UK.

The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government has issued a press release detailing the future of possession notices with the current regulations due to expire on 31 May 2021.

The release states that from 1st June 2021 the current 6-month notice period will end. All notice periods are due to be reduced to at least 4 months, as follows:

Section 21 Notice

From 01 June 2021 – 4 months’ notice required.

From 01 October 2021 – 2 months’ notice required.

The Government has also committed to releasing a White Paper detailing plans to abolish the section 21 notice in the autumn of this year. 

Section 8 Notices

From 01 June:

  • Excess of 4 months’ accumulated rent arrears – 4 weeks’ notice period
  • Anti-social behaviour – no notice to 4 weeks’ notice
  • Domestic abuse – 2 to 4 weeks’ notice
  • False statement – 2 to 4 weeks’ notice
  • Breach of immigration rules – 2 weeks’ notice
  • Death of a tenant – 2 months’ notice

We await the full measures to be announced together with the accompanying legislation to be published. We can expect changes to the notices themselves to be published without notice over the May bank holiday weekend. 

Bailiff Evictions

Bailiffs will once again be able to undertake evictions from 31 May 2021. Two weeks’ notice is required to be given to tenants before evictions can take place therefore the earliest evictions can take place will be mid-June.

Where the occupier is self-isolating or has Covid-19 symptoms the appointment will not be carried out.

For further information on notice periods, please email Adam at

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