COVID19 and Possession proceedings for Assured Shorthold Tenancies.

For most landlords the ability to recover possession of their property is essential and standard procedures and notice periods have been set out in the Housing Act and are a fundamental feature of modern day lettings on AST’s.
These were introduced to ensure the landlord could re gain possession of their property if ever needed. Due to the COVID19 pandemic however the government is eager to ensure tenants remain in their homes and have provided added security in these uncertain times.

The standard notice period (2 weeks for section 8 and 2 months for S21) had already been extended to three months however on the 21 August 2020 a further amendment was made meaning that notices served between 29 August 2020 and 31 March 2021 inclusive, are now subject to a minimum notice period of six months. Only limited exceptions apply which are mainly for possession proceedings relating to anti social behavior.

At the same time the government also announced that the stay to possession proceedings under Part 55 would continue until 20 September 2020 meaning no hearings for possession will take place before this date.

This could have far reaching repercussions for landlords needing to take back their property and if this is the case forward planning is essential. If you have any questions in relation to this topic or need advice on seeking possession of your property at this time please contact Lee Bilbrough – lee@hayfieldrobinsonlettings.co.uk

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