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Government Change Notice Periods

Published: 09/06/2021 By Allan Fuller

The Government have changed notice periods for residental Secure and Assured tenancies.

The UK Government has issued new Secure tenancy and Assured tenancy forms to reflect the changes to notice periods in England from, 1 June.

From the 1st June 2021 notice periods in Englandthat are currently six months, will now be reduced to four months. 

Notice periods for the most serious cases will remain lower:

  • anti-social behaviour (immediate to 4 weeks’ notice)
  • domestic abuse in the social sector (2 to 4 weeks’ notice)
  • false statement (2 to 4 weeks’ notice)
  • over 4 months’ accumulated rent arrears (4 weeks’ notice)
  • breach of immigration rules ‘Right to Rent’ (2 weeks’ notice)
  • death of a tenant (2 months’ notice)

Looking beyond this date, on 1 August notice periods for cases where there is less than four months’ of unpaid rent, will change to 2 months’ notice.

Assured Tenancy Forms 3, 6a, and the notes to Form 6a have all been updated and we advise that agents update their systems with the new forms. Secure tenancy forms Part I and Part II have both been updated.

Failure to serve the correct form may lead to processes being invalidated.