The Government has extended the Covid Act until the end of 2022 but has made changes to various sections, in particular the rules around the extended notice periods for ASTs.
These will essentially return to their pre-pandemic levels in England from 1 October 2021.
Notice periods will be:
- Section 21 or Section 8 using any of grounds 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9 or 16 – two months and cannot expire before the end of the fixed term
- Section 8 using the rent arrears grounds (8, 10 and 11) – two weeks
- Section 8 using grounds 3, 4, 7b, 12, 13, 14A, 15 or 17 – two weeks
- Section 8 using ground 7a (anti-social behaviour with a conviction) - One calendar month
- Section 8 using Ground 14 (the discretionary ground for anti-social behaviour) - Immediately after the notice counts as served (usually 24 hours)
A few things to note:
- Incorrect notice periods given before 1/10/21 will not be made correct by the new change in periods – if you have served a notice with a incorrect notice period you will need to reserve.
- The longer periods have been suspended rather than abolished, leaving room for possible further extensions. Always check the latest guidance before serving a new notice.
- If you are serving a notice after the 1st October you will need to use the correct forms, new forms will be published and will be online – to avoid mistakes its best to make sure you download a new form each time and don’t used saved forms.