Q&As

If a tenant fails to apply for a new lease before the expiry of a section 25 notice, can the landlord re-enter and change the locks notwithstanding the ongoing moratorium as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

read titleRead full title
Published on LexisPSL on 19/04/2021

The following Property Disputes Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • If a tenant fails to apply for a new lease before the expiry of a section 25 notice, can the landlord re-enter and change the locks notwithstanding the ongoing moratorium as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

If a tenant fails to apply for a new lease before the expiry of a section 25 notice, can the landlord re-enter and change the locks notwithstanding the ongoing moratorium as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

Part II of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (LTA 1954) grants security of tenure to business tenants unless its provisions are contracted out. This means that a business lease will not expire by effluxion of time but will be continued as a statutory tenancy unless and until brought to an end in accordance with the provisions of LTA 1954 or when a new lease is granted by the court on the application of either the landlord or the tenant or when the lease is determined by surrender or forfeiture.

A landlord is entitled to terminate a business tenancy to which LTA 1954, Part II applies by serving a notice in accordance with section 25. Such a notice must be in the relevant prescribed form and must specify the date on which the tenancy is to come to an end. The notice

Related documents:

Popular documents