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Covid-19 Update - Notice Periods for Residential Evictions in Wales

December 2021

The Welsh Government announced on the 17 December 2021 that they are extending the use of the current notice periods (which were lengthened due to the pandemic) until 24 March 2022.  These temporary notice periods were due to expire on 31 December 2021.  For most possession claims, landlords in Wales will need to give tenants six months' notice before evicting tenants from a property using a Section 21 notice and for most grounds relied upon under a Section 8 claim.

A shorter notice period is permitted for some grounds under a Section 8 claim relating to anti-social behaviour or domestic violence, which are:

  • Ground 7A (4 weeks (periodic tenancy) 1 months’ notice (fixed term tenancy);
  • Ground 14 (immediately after serving a section 8 notice); and
  • Ground 14A (at least 2 weeks). 

The documents and guidance relating to possession proceedings under Section 21 and Section 8 of the Housing Act 1988 have been amended to reflect the new notice periods in Wales. 

The contents of this Newsletter are for reference purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Independent legal advice should be sought in relation to any specific legal matter.

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