4 week eviction ban extension and 6 month minimum notice period

by Nick Thompson

15:50 PM, 21st August 2020
About 2 months ago

4 week eviction ban extension and 6 month minimum notice period

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4 week eviction ban extension and 6 month minimum notice period

Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, has bowed to pressure from all sides and extended the eviction ban in England by 4 weeks to the 20th September and increased the minimum notice period for renters to 6 months.

Jenrick, said“I know this year has been challenging and all of us are still living with the effects of COVID-19. That is why today I am announcing a further 4 week ban on evictions, meaning no renters will have been evicted for six months,” says Jenrick.

“I am also increasing protections for renters – six month notice periods must be given to tenants, supporting renters over winter.

“However, it is right that the most egregious cases, for example those involving anti-social behaviour or domestic abuse perpetrators, begin to be heard in court again; and so when courts reopen, landlords will once again be able to progress these priority cases.”

 Policy and Campaigns Manager for ARLA Propertymark, Timothy Douglas, said:

“Now that the ban on evictions has been extended, the government must use this time to introduce further guidance and prepare the sector. It is important to take steps back towards normality so that both landlords and tenants have access to the justice system, while putting measures in place to offer further support to tenants who have built up COVID-related arrears, and this four-week extension will give the government the time to introduce such measures.

“Additionally, given the backlog of cases already facing courts, it’s key that the government introduces sufficient guidance during this period to enable eviction proceedings to begin again smoothly and fairly when the ban is lifted.”

Shelter’s chief executive, Polly Neate, said: “It is right for the government not to lift the ban when it risks exposing people to eviction and the threat of homelessness with no means of defence.

“The government must use this short window of time wisely to put proper safeguards in place for renters.”

Law Society president Simon Davis said: “Today, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) announced that it would be extending the stay on evictions for a further four weeks, until 20 September. However, tenants are still required to pay their rent and landlords are still able to serve a notice of eviction, with a new six-month notice period.”*

“The government first brought in these measures on 26 March 2020, for an initial period of three months. The stay was then extended on 5 June until 24 August and has now been extended again so vulnerable tenants can get the help they need, and courts can continue to make the necessary arrangements.

“The government and the courts have passed new court rules and provided extra protections to vulnerable tenants and those who have been significantly impacted by the pandemic.

“However, more needs to be done, including resolving the legal aid deserts currently preventing tenants in some areas from receiving legal advice and making wider legislative changes to prevent a spike in homelessness.”


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The Forever Tenant

15:57 PM, 22nd August 2020
About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by James at 22/08/2020 - 15:00
Well right at this very moment, it's still valid. The order to change the notice to 6 months has not been done yet, so the 3 months notice is still in place.

This may change pretty soon. However the bigger issue for you is even if it is valid, with the general eviction stay in place and the humongous backlog of cases in the courts, of which a section 21 would be at the bottom of the pile, you may not get a hearing for a considerably long time. Honestly, I reckon right now a regular 21 hearing with no other factors in play will probably not be heard until at least this time next year.

paul robinson

10:15 AM, 24th August 2020
About 2 months ago

Fully support not throwing the vulnerable out on the street, but sadly that not the full story and it’s very likely that some rentals will be repossessed by the mortgage company where tenants just refuse to pay the rent, despite being able to afford too!

yet again the Gov have shafted landlords with no specific details of how tenants who can still afford to pay rent should or why. Just letting landlords sort it out. Plenty of other covid advice for everything else so why not the PRS.

They initially shafted landlords with the mortgage “holiday” idea, fudged from owner occupiers and totally impractical for the PRS, infact just adding fuel to the fire of tenant activists encouraging others not to pay, despite being able to afford to do.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/jenrick-extends-ban-on-evictions-and-notice-periods

Any government that puts this on their website no longer wants a PRS or is so out of touch with the kind of smaller decent landlord who’s actually providing decent accommodation, but can only do so with receiving regular rent.

Love this bit “where landlords have not received rent for over a year as this would be unmanageable debt” 😂😂

If this isn’t sneaking in the Scrapping of Section 21 through the covid back door, what is it? 🤔

Jo Westlake

10:34 AM, 24th August 2020
About 2 months ago

If the government really wanted to prevent avoidable evictions they would convert all rent arrears into loans. Clear the debt with the landlord and then recover the money from the tenants wages or benefits.

This would free up the courts to deal with evictions for anti social behaviour.

Moving forward arrears would be far less of a problem if tenants knew they would be paying it back through direct deduction at source. No point in racking up arrears in the first place.

Dylan Morris

11:08 AM, 24th August 2020
About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Jo Westlake at 24/08/2020 - 10:34Or they can simply be placed into 4 Star Hotels like our new friends.

Question Everything

11:23 AM, 24th August 2020
About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Jo Westlake at 24/08/2020 - 10:34
Brilliant idea Jo, it's just too much common sense and a practical way forward which .gov wants to avoid.

When we let go of the idea that .gov wants to help, it all becomes much more clear. Then you will see that common sense does not come into it.

Question Everything

11:31 AM, 24th August 2020
About 2 months ago

Is anyone truly surprised? This is the ever increasing attack on the middle class.

Forget SDLT, CGT will be increased by the time you can get your tenants out so you will be penned in by that escape route. You know they have "employed a think tank to look at it" already.

Time to acknowledge that this is all tied in with the Plandemic and the controlled demolition of the UK & world economy. Oooh, am I a "conspiracy theorist"?

Why would we put a plaster cast on the whole leg for a little bruise, and be told that the cast needs to stay on indefinitely? because Mr/Ms BBC news told you to? They look so earnest, they couldn't possibly be reading from a script?

Are we really comfortable being told that we can't kiss our partners while having sex? Was that a joke? Yes, a joke on us. That is the respect they have for us.

The problem is that we are moaning about an "unfair' or "stupid" .gov.

What we should be doing is rallying together to expose their crimes and abuse upon the people. Hint, they always use an "altruistic" or "safety" or "health" reason to inflict their abuse.

Here's another one. Why are we threatened with large fines if we "discriminate" on DSS tenants? Because it is more expensive for .gov to put them into B&Bs, and with more and more people losing their homes due to the economic meltdown, they will need the PRS. It's not about social values people, it's about money. It's about moving the pieces around to arrange things the way they want. And under a Conservative government LOL.

If it was under Labour we would be screaming that they are being communist. So they have played a wonderful cognitive dissonance on the people to forward their agenda. The have-nots won't rebel because they are being given free money and security, the middle class won't rebel because they are too fat and have some room to be fleeced and believe in a blue gov, and the upper class? They have all their money in assets that can't be touched.

So once the Tory's have decimated the middle class, labour will be voted in to finish off the job of running a totalitarian communist/fascist state. They will come in to "fix" the problem of everyone being without a home and food on their plate. Doesn't matter which side of the coin you want to call it. It is the same coin.

I urge you to follow the people who are trying to make a difference e.g., http://www.keepbritianfree.com

Property may have a wonderful crash in some months time, but in the mean time, your money can be frozen in your accounts so you may not be able to buy them anyway. Look at avenues to get your cash out of their reach. Buy physical gold, silver, and Bitcoin.

National Banks in the US have been given the green light to hold cryptocurrencies about a month ago. What more assurance do you need???

https://www.americanbanker.com/news/occ-allows-banks-to-hold-cryptocurrency-assets-for-safekeeping

Reply to me here of you want help learning more about Bitcoin and blockchain.

David

12:00 PM, 24th August 2020
About 2 months ago

As I predicted and this will now either be set in stone or extended at will by grinning schoolboy Jenrick regardless of any satisfactory outcome to CV19. You might as well tear your AST CONTRACT up. Bowing to pressure by all sides well not from landlords, they are just now a far left party. I have asked my MP if Jenrick will pay my mortgage and outgoing. So will this apply to tenants who have decided to leave the property with furniture in situ but not pay rent. Next step will be that renters will not have to pay any arrears.

Dennis Leverett

13:39 PM, 24th August 2020
About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Question Everything at 24/08/2020 - 11:31
WARNING I clicked on link http://www.keepbritianfree.com/ and my computer went beserk Microsoft warning me to leave page as did my McAfee. Screen then froze with cursor moving on its own and I had to shut down. Just hope nothings on my computer now. Any body else had that.

WP

13:41 PM, 24th August 2020
About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Jo Westlake at 24/08/2020 - 10:34
or just pay the LL DIRECT AT ALL TIMES UC rent payments from here on in.

Question Everything

14:47 PM, 24th August 2020
About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Dennis Leverett at 24/08/2020 - 13:39
Re - WARNING!
Hi Dennis, I have tried to type that address in and on two browsers it prevented me from accessing the page........

But I would rather you contacted me first to check the link than react like that, it is quite damaging to a very important cause.

I tried by a web search and then clicked the link and it was fine. If you have trouble accessing the page you can see their other pages here.

https://www.facebook.com/KeepBritainFree
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