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Residential Update: Changes to Notices

Changes to notices

After more than 18 months of extensions to notices, the Government has confirmed they will be back to pre-pandemic periods as of 1 October 2021.

The Coronavirus Act 2020 saw all notices change to six months for most grounds (including Section 21 notices), with exemptions for certain serious cases.


From 1 June 2021 until 30 September 2021, notice periods must be at least four months in most circumstances, apart from exemptions for the most serious cases. Notice periods for cases where unpaid rent is less than four months, reduced to two months’ notice from 1 August.

The Government has advised Propertymark that measures may be reintroduced again if the public health situation worsens, which will constantly be under review until 25 March 2022.

All guidance and forms will be updated ahead of the change and ready for the notice periods to revert to normal levels.


As a reminder, notice periods are as follows:

  • Section 21 Notice – 2 months
  • Section 8 Notice – 2 weeks (if the tenant is more than two months in arrears)

If you need any advice on the above matters or anything related to residential property, please feel free to call, I am always happy to help.