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Notice periods return to pre-Covid lengths from 1 October

The Government has confirmed that the emergency measures introduced as part of the Coronavirus Act 2020, requiring landlords to provide longer notice periods when seeking possession of residential property, will come to an end on 30 September.

Landlords – Know your notice periods

?With so many changes over the last 18 months, landlords could be forgiven for getting confused about how much notice they have to give to their tenants if they would like to gain possession of their property.

24 Months to pay back advances on Universal Credit payments

Around six million people across the UK are currently receiving Universal Credit, a financial benefit payment provided by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) intended to help those out of work or on a low income with daily living costs.

Lack of access to APAs forcing UC landlords to serve notice

Caridon Landlord Solutions, which provides specialist advice on Universal Credit and Housing Benefit to private landlords, letting agencies and housing associations, says that landlords with tenants in receipt of Universal Credit are struggling to set up Alternative Payment Arrangements because the online Universal Credit landlord portal is closed to new claimants. It is thought this is because the Department for Work and Pension (DWP) is overwhelmed by the number of new claims, but landlords say it is forcing them to consider serving notice on their tenants.

Helping Landlords’ Lockdown Finances

It has been another tough start to the year for everyone, including landlords, many of whom have tenants that are unable to pay their rent in full (or at all) due to COVID-19. With many already struggling to cope under the tighter restrictions in the UK, we have been looking into what advice and support is on offer to landlords who may not have explored their options yet.

New How to Rent Guide for Landlords and Tenants

Today (10 December 2020) MHCLG has published an updated version of the How to Rent Guide (England).