Breaking News for Residential Landlords!

The Coronavirus Act 2020 has now received Royal Assent and from today, where a landlord wishes to serve notice seeking possession of their property on a tenant who has an assured shorthold tenancy, 3 months’ notice will be required (as opposed to the previous 2 months’ for a section 21 notice and 14 days for a section 8 notice). This will remain in affect until 30 September 2020, but could be extended depending upon what happens over the next few months.

Any landlords therefore looking to serve a notice seeking possession should take expert advice to ensure that they are serving the correct notice, as failure to do so will mean starting the process all over again and serving a new correct notice.

Woodfines will be keeping a close watch on the latest information released in respect of the impact of Coronavirus on landlords and tenants and will provide up-to-date information as soon as it becomes available.

For residential landlord and tenant advice from Woodfines, please contact us at

-Claire Spencer 

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