Housing Update – Issue 9
Welcome to the latest newsletter from Anthony Gold’s property team.
Landlords who have been waiting to recover possession of their properties will be relieved that the eviction ban came to an end on 31 May although most of the other protections given to tenants still remain in force including longer notice periods and changes to court procedure. To assist landlords and agents keep on top of these changes, in June we produced a list of 10 key changes landlords need to know about. Since then, it has been announced that the temporary procedural rules contained in Practice Direction 55C will remain in force until November 2021, and the Government will not be extending the period of longer notice periods for section 8 notice and section 21 notices. From 1 October notice periods will revert to their normal pre-pandemic lengths. However the power to vary notice periods under the Coronavirus Act has been extended 25 March 2022, so Ministers can still reverse course and extend the notice periods again if required. Attention is also now turning to the Government’s longer-term plans to reform the PRS and the Government’s eagerly awaited White Paper on this subject is expected in the autumn.
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