The Government has extended its ban on evictions by 4 weeks, meaning that, by this date, no legal evictions would have taken place for a whole 6 months. In addition, it was also announced that landlords will have to give their tenants 6 months’ notice if they intend to seek possession of their property, except in cases that involve serious issues such as anti-social behaviour or domestic abuse.
This extended notice period will apply until at least 31 March 2021.
The Government’s press release on Friday 28th stated that the extension to the ban on evictions and the prioritisation of the most serious case will apply to courts in England and in Wales, however the extension to notice periods applies to England only.
The changes would come into effect the following day, Saturday 29th August, giving no time for anybody to make any alternative arrangements. The press release stated “landlords must provide at least a 6 months’ notice period prior to seeking possession through the courts in most cases, including section 21 evictions and rent arrears under 6 months.”
There are some exceptions to the 6 months’ notice:
- Cases of anti-social behaviour or where rent arrears have accumulated for 6 months – where landlords or agents should now give 4 week’s notice to the tenant/s
- Cases of domestic abuse or giving false statement – where landlords or agents should now give 2 to 4 weeks’ notice
- A breach of immigration rules through “Right to Rent” – where 3 months’ notice is now required
The Government also stated that when possession proceedings do resume in September, 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, as well as where landlords have not received rent for over a year and would otherwise face unmanageable debts”.
For more information you can read the Government information here. If you are worried or have any questions, please contact our lettings team on 01494 685518 or email our lettings manager Claire on ClaireW@ashingtonpage.co.uk.