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As we move into ‘Step 4’ of the roadmap towards further relaxation of lockdown policies, the Government has updated its guidance for agents, landlords and tenants in the current climate.

The most significant change is that from 1st August 2021, the notice period for cases where there are less than four months of unpaid rent will further reduce to two months’ notice. Notice periods for the most serious cases, such as antisocial behaviour, domestic abuse and accrued rent arrears to the value of over six months, will be lower with most requiring two to four weeks’ notice. For ‘serious arrears’ equivalent to 4 or more months’ rent, it is four weeks’ notice.

The updated Government guidance was also concerned with COVID safety in the rental sector and further guidance has been offered in regards to ventilation and tenants that are isolating. Landlords and agents are advised to ensure that a supply of fresh air is available in enclosed places where people might gather, and to take necessary steps to improve air flow in poorly ventilated spaces their premises.

Where a household is isolating because one or more tenants have symptoms, no work should be carried out on the property unless it is to remedy a direct safety risk to the tenants or the public. If a tenant is not isolating, but is concerned about the transmission of the virus, the landlord should work with the tenant to help them understand why the work is necessary and schedule a time to carry out work as soon as the tenant feels comfortable to do so.

If you are a landlord or tenant that is impacted by this update, or you have any questions or concerns about the current guidance, please do not hesitate to get in contact with our dedicated property management team.

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