A tenant who meets the above eligibility criteria to be affected by COVID-19 can also contact the court to terminate a tenancy agreement if: If the tenant has not paid rent under the contract and is not in financial difficulty due to COVID-19, you can report a section 19 notification of the repair. Tenants remain subject to the lease until the end of the fixed-term contract or, in the case of a legal lease, until the termination period required by the tenancy agreement expires. You can apply to the Residential Tenancies Mandatory Conciliation Service for assistance in reconciling a rent repayment agreement with the tenant. If you reach an agreement, the lease may be in a binding order from the Commissioner. If the tenant does not comply with the terms of the binding order, you can go to court. If you are experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19, you can terminate your lease by communicating 21 days of written notice to the lessor, even if you have a fixed-term contract. You don`t have to pay the breakage fee. The rent is always due under the terms of the tenancy agreement and tenants who are able to pay the rent as usual must continue to do so. For more information on extended notice times, see our diagram for landlords: How to terminate a lease during COVID-19? With respect to allegations of antisocial behaviour, domestic abuse, riots and false information, the prescribed notice periods have returned to their full length prior to the Coronavirus Act 2020. In some cases, this means that an antisocial behaviour procedure can be initiated immediately after the intervention. Notice times for these reasons vary from 2 weeks to 1 month depending on the type of lease and the land used.
As part of the measures, landlords must attempt to negotiate in good faith a rent reduction with a affected tenant before terminating a tenancy agreement and can only give notice of termination or request a termination order if it is fair and reasonable in the circumstances. Officers may be required to act as more intermediaries between tenants and landlords in order to comply with the new rent laws and the government`s burden relief package.