Coronavirus: 5 Key changes to the Law that Landlords should know!

May 11, 2020

If you are a Landlord, here are 5 changes to the Law that you should know…..

  1. The statutory notice period for most residential tenancies has been increased to 3 months. This includes section 21 and section 8 notices.  This period can be extended up to 6 months;
  2. For a business tenancy no right of re-entry or forfeiture for non-payment of rent can be enforced until 30 June 2020 or any other date that the Secretary of the State or Welsh Ministers say. This period of non-enforcement has been given the name the “Relevant Period”;
  3. Unless a Landlord gives an express waiver a Landlord will not waive the right of re-entry or forfeiture;
  4. If Court proceedings have already begun for non-payment of rent or forfeiture, the tenant cannot be evicted before the end of the Relevant Period;
  5. If a tenant fails to pay the rent, that failure will be disregarded if the reason given is “persistent delay in paying rent” (Section 30(1)(b) Landlord and Tenant Act 1954).

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