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New Notice Periods

New Notice Periods

The Government has announced further changes in the notice periods the landlord must give tenants prior to seeking possession through the courts. From 29 August 2020, landlords must provide at least six months’ notice under either Section 21 and under Section 8 for arrears of less than six months prior to seeking possession through the [...]
Property Disputes Expert Says Thousands of Landlords Could Be Waiting Years For Court Hearings After Eviction Ban

Property Disputes Expert Says Thousands of Landlords Could Be Waiting Years For Court Hearings After Eviction Ban

Alex Cook, Director of specialist litigation firm, Helix Law, warns that thousands of residential landlords may be forced to sell their properties because of the long backlog of court eviction proceedings due to the eviction ban. According to the government’s English Housing Survey 2018/19 the private rented sector accounted for 4.6 million or 19% of [...]

UK government launches code of practice for commercial property relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic

Introduction It has been well documented how the Coronavirus pandemic has had (and continues to have) a huge impact on the commercial property market in the UK and the government response has, correspondingly, been far-reaching. To date a moratorium on forfeitures has been enacted and a number of associated measures for tenant businesses have been [...]

Cambridge University plans… Implications for Landlords and Investors

Cambridge University announce plans to go online only for 2020-2021 academic year risking significant impact on HMO landlords and investors. As a HMO landlord/investor, what are your options? What is a HMO? ‘HMO’ is short for ‘house in multiple occupation.’ It means any house or self-contained flat that is occupied by at least three people [...]

New Rules – MEES Regulations

THE NEW RULES FOR THE ‘MINIMUM LEVEL OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY’ STANDARD (MEES) – ENGLAND AND WALES As from April 2018, new tenancies in England and Wales have had to meet the Government’s minimum energy efficiency standard (MEES). Properties required to have an energy performance certificate (EPC) must reach a minimum ‘E’ rating on their EPC [...]

New Form 6A

A new Form 6A (s21 notice) has been released today for immediate use in England to comply with the Coronavirus Act 2020. Landlords, agents and property investors must ensure they use the new notice. Other/older forms will not be valid. The most significant and substantive change is that the notice period is now 3 months [...]

Corona Virus – changes to possession

The Government has announced a series of changes and restrictions on landlords regaining possession of their property during the coronavirus pandemic. Legislation is in draft form at the moment and is expected to pass into law on Friday 27 March 2020. The main change to possession are: Notice periods for all notices, including Section 8 [...]