Emergency legislation – Coronavirus Act 2020 Note for landlords and tenants regarding eviction notices and forfeiture

In the wake of the Coronavirus, the Queen gave Royal Assent to the Coronavirus Bill on 25 March 2020, creating the Coronavirus Act 2020 with immediate effect.

How this impacts on landlords and tenants

  1. Landlords will now need to serve 3 months’ notice if they wish to seek possession from assured shorthold tenants.  This is whether the notice relates to seeking possession at the end of the tenancy or for a tenant’s breach of its lease.
  2. The 3 month notice period also applies to notices to quit or seek possession under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977, the Housing Act 1985 and the Housing Act 1988.
  3. The changes affect notices served between 25 March 2020 until 30 September 2020 (subject to extension by the Secretary of State for England). They do not apply to notices or proceedings issued prior to the Coronavirus Act 2020.

The government has issued new form section 21 and section 8 notices, which should be adopted, rather than relying on previous forms.

Although the government has discussed rent relief to the tenants, the Act does legislate on this.  However, universal credit may be claimed by those who satisfy certain criteria and have no money coming in.

If you have any queries relating to the above, please contact miles.fish@dwfmbeckman.com or demetris.dionissiou@dwfmbeckman.com.