Quick guide to landlord’s coronavirus (COVID-19) remedies
Quick guide to landlord’s coronavirus (COVID-19) remedies

The following Property Disputes practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Quick guide to landlord’s coronavirus (COVID-19) remedies

Quick guide to landlord’s coronavirus (COVID-19) remedies

This Practice Note sets out the potential options and remedies which may be available to a landlord in dealing with a defaulting tenant, how these may have been affected or limited during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and how long such limitations are in place.

Normal remediesCoronavirus (COVID-19) remediesHow long is the coronavirus (COVID-19) remedy in force?
Possession notices (residential tenancies)The two main routes for terminating assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs) are under the Housing Act 1988 (HA 1988):
• section 8—which requires between two weeks’ and two months’ notice depending on the ground for possession relied on (Note that assured tenancies (AT) must be terminated using the section 8 procedure), or
• section 21—which requires at least two months’ notice
See Practice Note: Assured and assured shorthold tenancies—terminating.
​​Notice periods have been increased for notices seeking possession or notices to quit in respect of certain residential tenancies in the private and social sector during the ‘relevant period’, including notices served under HA 1988, ss 8 and 21 (section 81 and Schedule 29 to the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020) (as updated by regulations).
The prescribed form of notices have been amended to reflect this change of notice period.
See Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—implications for property—Residential tenancies—protection from eviction in England and Wales—CA 2020, s 81 and

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