Coronavirus: Extension of notice to quit period for landlords

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Legislation has been introduced to extend the notice to quit period a landlord must give a tenant to 12 weeks

The Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Bill 2020 aims to provide private renters with additional protections during COVID-19.

The legislation means that landlords must give tenants notice in writing at least 12 weeks before the date they are expected to vacate the property. 

The Bill was passed by the Assembly on Tuesday 28 April 2020. The legislation is currently in force until 31 March 2021.

Previously, the notice to quit period depended on how long the tenant has lived in the property:

  • if the tenant has been in the property for less than 5 years you must give at least 4 weeks’ notice
  • if the tenant has lived in the property for more than 5 years but less than 10 you must give at least 8 weeks’ notice
  • if the tenant has lived in the property for over 10 years, you must give 12 weeks’ notice

See notice to quit and due process.

In the meantime, landlords should not proceed with notices to quit during this time, given the associated risks to public health.


First published 17 April 2020