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Section 21 Coronavirus Act

Most people have been affected by COVID-19 in some way, and many have experienced a reduction in income that may have caused significantly financial pressure on them. For those who rent their homes, whether through social or private rental agreements, the government put in place temporary legislation in England during the pandemic to help give tenants more security regarding evictions if they were to temporarily fall behind on paying their rent.

With these changes due to coronavirus, landlords are required to give at least six-months’ notice to tenants before starting eviction proceedings, apart from in certain circumstances. The exemptions include serious breaches such as anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse and rent arrears to the value of more than six months’ rent.

If you’re a landlord seeking expert advice on how to deal with a situation regarding tenants during the coronavirus pandemic, you can call our expert team for advice on 01616 966 229.


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Issuing a Section 21: Coronavirus Act 2020

Before the pandemic, issuing a Section 21 notice required that landlords give at least two months’ notice to leave the property. However since 29th August 2020, the notice period should be at least six months in England.

The current guidance is under regular review and with regular changes to COVID-19 restrictions, including those that differ depending on the part of the country that you’re in, it can be a real challenge for landlords to make sure they keep up with their legal obligations and rights at all times.

Our landlord solicitors are familiar with all current legislation and guidance and can help ensure that you are fulfilling your legal obligations to tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Call 01616 966 229 to speak to our expert team.