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Covid 19 and Landlords

Notices seeking Possession

From 1 October 2021, all notice periods returned to the pre-pandemic lengths. However, for notices served between 26 March 2020 and 30 September 2021, the notice period needed to be different:

  • From 26 March 2020 to 28 August 2020, a notice period of three months was required in all cases.
  • From 29 August 2020 to 31 May 2021, a notice period of six months was required in most cases, with exemptions for certain serious cases, including anti-social behaviour, extreme rent arrears, no right to rent and fraud.
  • From 1 June 2021 until 30 September 2021, a notice period of four months was required in most cases, with exemptions for certain serious cases including anti-social behaviour, rent arrears, no right to rent and fraud.
  • From 1 August 2021 until 30 September 2021, notice periods in cases of ‘non-serious’ rent arrears also reduced a second time to two months’ notice (as of 1 June, the definition of ‘non-serious’ arrears included any case where less than four months’ rent were due).

Find more information in the Technical guidance on eviction notices.

This is a great option for landlords to contact us before serving an eviction notice – this is to enhance prevention and to focus on support to the landlord.
Support will include: 

  • A personalised support plan agreed with the tenant 
  • Support and advice if tenant has rent arrears looking at all areas of help that might be available 
  • A financial assessment of tenants to maximise income 
  • Referrals and signposting to specialist services for more long-term support should the need be identified 
  • A mediation service between landlords, tenants and support 

Support to ensure evictions are carried out legally 
Email us on cb4ys@sandwell.gov.uk  or alternatively you can call us on the dedicated line – 07586 622202