Key Dates 2021: Landlords

April 1st: 

Deadline for new electrical safety compliance certificates for all privately rented properties under the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020.

4th May: 
Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space Moratorium and Mental Health Crisis Moratorium) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 comes into force providing the possibility for temporary debt relief for tenants in debt to landlords.

31st May: 
Legislation introduced to ensure bailiffs won't serve eviction notices (save in serious circumstances) ends.

Mid June:
Likely to see an increase in evictions since 14 days' notice is required to evict a tenant, and the ban on possession proceedings ended at the end of May.

30th June: 
End of ban on commercial evictions.
Potentially the last day for current right to rent rules following Brexit.

1st October: Notice periods in England return to their pre-Covid length

Renters Reform Bill: 
Due to Covid-19, discussion on the Renters' Reform Bill has been delayed. Within this, the government considered the abolition of section 21 of the Housing Act 1998 that allows landlords to regain possession of a property currently occupied by tenants by giving two months' notice. It is likely we will hear more about the future of s.21 notices later this year.

Clarification on right to rent rules:
Following Brexit, it is unclear how right to rent will operate. We know the current system will remain until 30th June 2021 but it would be wise to look out for any updates or changes following this period.

Amendment to Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016: 
A suggested change may provide tenants 12 months' eviction protection at the start of their tenancy (provided they are not in breach. Also suggested were: extensions to the minimum notice period; an obligation to install functioning smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and; gas and electricity safety certificates for each property.

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