So what happens if it all goes wrong. The current notices periods for landlords are both 6 months on a Section 21 and Section 8. The only exceptions to this are severe rent arrears (more than 6 months) or severe anti-social behaviour (Section 8), in which case 4 weeks notice applies.
The more positive news is that courts are still granting possession claims. The process has changed to include a review hearing before a substantiative (possession) hearing is granted, but they are coming down in favour of the landlords where there are severe problems.
There is new legislation coming on May 4th 2021, which is giving a 60 day breathing space to the tenant (you can’t chase them for rent during this time). But more information is expected on this shortly.
Don’t forget though that April 2021 brings the new Electrical Regulations into force for existing tenancies – you must have a satisfactory EICR by this date and any remedial works must be completed within 60 days of the report.
Call Paul Barnes, Letting Director, for any further information and help with any matters relating to letting your property, 024 7622 8111