From 29 September 2020, most private tenants in Wales are entitled to 6 months’ notice before their landlord can start court action to evict them. This includes regulated, assured and assured shorthold tenants and applies to both ‘section 21’ and ‘section 8’ notices.
You can only be given a shorter notice in some limited cases. For example if your landlord has given you a ‘section 8’ notice on the grounds of antisocial behaviour.
What if I received an eviction notice from my landlord before the 29 September 2020?
The amount of notice you were entitled to depends on when you were given it :
- between 26 March 2020 and 23 July 2020 – you were entitled to 3 months notice
- between 24 July 2020 and 28 September 2020 – you were entitled to 6 months notice (unless your landlord gave you a ‘section 8’ notice on the grounds of anti-social behaviour in which case it was 3 months).
Evictions take time. Your landlord can only start court action once your notice period ends.
If you have received a notice you should stay in your home. Try to continue to pay your rent if you can. Use the extra time the emergency laws have given you to try and get on top of things and if you are struggling to pay your rent, see our advice.
Court proceedings for eviction were suspended for a time but the courts have now been able to start to deal with evictions again. If you receive any letters from the court take a look at our advice on court proceedings to find out what happens next.
If you are a lodger who lives with your landlord, the rules on notice periods do not apply.