Ban on Evictions and Notice periods Changes

The government has further extended the ban on evictions for another 4 weeks to protect the renters affected by Coronavirus.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government confirmed on Friday 21 August that the suspension of evictions would continue until 20 September.

Landlords will also have to give six months’ notice to any tenants they want to evict, with this separate provision in force until “at least 31 March 2021”.

From 29 August 2020, landlords must provide at least six months’ notice under either Section 21 and under Section 8 for arrears of less than six months prior to seeking possession through the courts.

The changes will not affect the notices served on and before 28 August, and must give at least 3 months’ notice.

What did the Ministry of Housing say on Ban on Evictions and Notice Periods Changes?

The government will keep these measures under review with decisions guided by the latest public health advice.

The courts will carefully prioritise the most egregious cases, ensuring landlords are able to progress the most serious cases, such as those involving anti-social behaviour and other crimes.

The landlords will also be able to progress the cases when they have not received rent for over a year and would otherwise face unmanageable debts.

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The government has taken unprecedented action to support renters during the pandemic. They aim to prevent people from getting into financial hardship and also help businesses to pay salaries.

Consequently, according to independent research, 87% of tenants have continued to pay full rent since the start of the pandemic.

The vast majority of landlords have shown understanding and leadership, taking action to support tenants.

Moreover, the government will continue taking necessary action to further protect households in both the private and social rented sector.

This extension to the stay and 6 month notice periods will ensure those most at risk are protected. If tenants are unable to afford their rent they must speak to their landlord to agree on a solution. However, some households may decide to consider moving.

The government will continue to work with the judiciary and stakeholders to ensure that the courts hear eviction cases safely.

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