Query of the Week – Paused Periods

1st June 2021


I served my tenant with a termination notice in March 2020, just ahead of Covid-19 Restrictions. They have been with me 10 years. They are entitled to 224 days’ notice.

I understand that the notice period was paused at certain times due to Covid-19 restrictions.

As restrictions are now lifted in this regard, I need to recalculate the vacation date.

What were the paused periods?



You are correct. Covid-19 restrictions essentially paused your notice of termination.  The duration of any Emergency Period will not count as part of any termination notice period given.

You now need to determine the revised termination date which shall factor in the emergency period(s) and an extra 10-day grace period.

Effectively, a revised termination date will be calculated by counting:

  • all, or the remainder, as may be appropriate, of the original termination notice given;
  • all, or the remainder, as may be appropriate, of the Emergency Period; and
  • the 10-day grace period.

We understand the emergency periods (paused periods) are as follows:

27th March 2020 to 1st August 2020 (128 days)

22nd October 2020 to 1st December 2020 (41 days)

31st December 2020 to 12th April 2021 (103 days)


Ensure you calculate the dates correctly and don’t forget that an extra 10-day grace period get added.


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