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News: Taper notice periods as soon as possible, government urged

Tue, 20 Apr 21

A major trade body has called for a tapering down of notice periods for Section 8 and Section 21.

The government has already indicated this is likely to happen after June 1 and now the National Residential Landlords Association says it must happen as soon as possible thereafter.

“A progressive reduction in notice periods will help to ensure the most serious cases are heard most quickly by avoiding immediately overwhelming the courts” says Meera Chindooroy, Deputy Director of Campaigns, Public Affairs & Policy at the NRLA.

She continues: “It also should not encourage a significant delay in serving notice in order to benefit from a shorter notice period in the future, or incentivise the re-serving of any notices already issued.

“Together, these will help to manage court capacity so that cases can progress more quickly.”

Allied to this, the association is urging the government to make court activity more efficient and effective to reduce the time of possession processes, which can typically take a year when six months notice is included.

The NRLA wants more virtual hearings to be allowed, a much more consistent definition of serious rent arrears, and the prioritisation of pre-Covid possession cases.

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