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04 Oct 2021
Landlord pays tenants £2,400 after wrongful termination

The First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber ruled in favour of the tenants after landlord falsely claimed he wanted to live in the property.

28 Sep 2021
Welsh bid to delay evictions may cause more problems

Landlords will be left out of pocket due to being blindsided by extended eviction rules supported by the Welsh Government, Propertymark warns.

27 Sep 2021
New forms to be introduced as notice periods revert to pre-COVID lengths

New regulations come into force on 1 October 2021 for England that will return notice periods for Section 21 and Section 8 notices to their pre-pandemic levels.

14 Sep 2021
Private Tenancies Bill progresses in Northern Ireland

The second reading of the Private Tenancies Bill took place on 13 September 2021, which was introduced to deliver more protections for private renters.

08 Sep 2021
Changes to notice periods in England from 1 October

The UK Government has confirmed to Propertymark that notice periods will return to their pre-COVID lengths.

01 Sep 2021
Notice periods to be further extended in Northern Ireland

The Department for Communities has announced an extension to the regulations for the period of notice a landlord must give a tenant before a claim is made to the court.

07 Jul 2021
Private Tenancies Bill to increase protections for tenants

A Bill introduced by Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey on 6 July, provides new protections for tenants in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) In Northern Ireland, focusing on safety measures, restrictions in rent increases and extending notice periods.

28 Jun 2021
Agents working with tenants to avoid evictions

The Scottish Government issued a joint statement in collaboration with Propertymark, and other representative bodies, underlining the commitment shown by letting agents to engage with tenants who found themselves in hardship during the pandemic.

25 Jun 2021
Extended Notice Periods and discretionary grounds to remain

Temporary eviction measures in Scotland that were introduced in April 2020, have now been extended to 31 March 2022, with the potential to be extended until 30 September 2022.

16 Jun 2021
Are there further temporary changes to the PRS in Scotland ahead?

The Scottish Government is proposing a new Bill to extend the emergency Coronavirus laws introduced in 2020 by at least another six months. With current measures due to expire on 30 September 2021, what could this mean for the PRS in Scotland?

15 Jun 2021
Financial support package needed now to address COVID-related arrears

Propertymark, alongside other organisations, has written to Eddie Hughes MP (Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing) to emphasise the sector's ongoing concerns over COVID-related rent arrears and urged the UK Government to introduce emergency financial support.

03 Jun 2021
Guidance update for Rental Mediation Service

The UK Government has updated its guidance on the Rental Mediation Service for landlords and tenants undergoing possession proceedings. The service is available to tenants and landlords in both the private and social rented sectors across courts in England and Wales.

01 Jun 2021
New Assured Tenancy and Secure Tenancy section forms must now be used

The UK Government has issued new Secure tenancy and Assured tenancy forms to reflect the changes to notice periods in England from 1 June. From today, notice periods in England that are currently six months, will now be reduced to four months. 

24 May 2021
UK Government responds to Housing Committee Report

The UK Government has responded to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee’s report on the UK Government’s actions to support the homeless and private rented sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

12 May 2021
Changes to notice periods for evictions

The UK Government has announced that from 1 June 2021, notice periods in England that are currently six months will now be reduced to four months.

08 Apr 2021
Rent arrears mediation service information released

Details of the UK Government’s housing possession mediation service was released yesterday, 7 April 2021, which was initially introduced in February 2021, as part of the current court process for housing possession cases.

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