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Notice periods, HHSRS survey, EICRs

Six month notice periods for possession extended to 31st May 2021
The Government has announced that the requirement for landlords to provide 6-month notice periods to tenants before they start court proceedings will be extended until at least 31st May.

HHSRS national survey launched
The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) was developed in the 1990s and has been in place for approximately 15 years. In that time, building technology and knowledge about risks and hazards in buildings have advanced.

The HHSRS is a tool for assessing risk relating to health and safety matters arising from deficiencies within the dwelling. Please take a look at the landlords survey here with a closing date of 31st March for completion.

Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR) deadline 1st April
An extension for the 1st April deadline for electrical safety standards checks is unlikely to be extended.

If you are in difficulties because your tenants are refusing to allow access, it is essential that you keep proper records to prove this.

To cover yourself, Creating a paper trail of communication between tenants, landlords and electricians will safeguard agents and landlords against any enforcement activity where work could not be carried out during the pandemic.