New regulations were laid today (9 Sept) coming into force on 1 October 2021 for England. The snappily titled The Coronavirus Act 2020 (Residential Tenancies and Notices) (Amendment and Suspension) (England) Regulations 2021 do the following.
- Extend the period for Schedule 29 Coronavirus Act 2020 from ending on 31 September 2021 to 25 March 2022, but
- Paragraphs 2, 3 and 5 to 10(1) of Schedule 29 are suspended (i effect, the notice period extension provisions), and
- Substitute a new notice for the Secure Tenancies (Notices) Regulations 1987(1) notice specified in Part 2 of the Schedule, and
- Insert new prescribed Form No 3 (section 8) and Form No 6A )(section 21) to the Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) (England) Regulations 2015.
The form are in the schedule to the regulations.
Weirdly, the regulations also remove 3A from the 2015 forms regs. This was a requirement that the Secretary of State must from time to time (within 5 years) review form 6A and produce a report. The Secretary of State never did, and is late, but clearly felt this was too onerous and has removed the duty.
The upshot for notice periods is basically everything reverts to pre Coronavirus Act 2020 notice periods as of 1 October 2021. But it is important to note, as specifically provided, that the changes on 1 October will not validate a notice given before 1 October with the then wrong notice periods, or on the wrong prescribed form at the time of the service of the notice. Anyone thinking of serving a section 21 notice now should wait until 1 October. It would be quicker. But it has to be on the right form.
(Speaking of which, it has been drawn to my attention by a colleague that the current Lexis version of the section 21 notice for England is wrong. And the legislation.gov.uk version on the 2015 Forms regs is not up to date. )
LexisNexis, Westlaw and https://t.co/NQcoExY5d6 not only disagree about what the current text of section 21 Housing Act 1988 is – there are three different versions! https://t.co/PJMnuzMTcx is just not updated but I think Lexisnexis is out of date and also wrong…?
— Robin Stewart (@robin_stewart1) September 8, 2021
( @robin_stewart1 LexisNexis, Westlaw and legislation.gov.uk not only disagree about what the current text of section 21 Housing Act 1988 is – there are three different versions! Legislation.gov.uk is just not updated but I think Lexisnexis is out of date and also wrong…? )
I suppose I’ll have to update the s.21 flow chart again….