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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Dennis Leverett

15:05 PM, 24th August 2020
About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Question Everything at 24/08/2020 - 14:47
To many scammers about, I've never had such a big response on my computer and thought it fit to warn others straight away just in case, best to be safe than sorry. When I get a chance I'll check my McAfee files and see what it was. I'm not saying its your fault, someone I guess has latched onto that web address. The warning did say something about malware etc. but I just had to get out of quickly because the cursor was moving over the screen on its own.

Question Everything

15:34 PM, 24th August 2020
About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Dennis Leverett at 24/08/2020 - 15:05
Ok, fair enough. Thanks for getting back to me.

I agree, it may also be the fact that it was a link posted here, but my suspicion is that web browsers have been "warned" about that site. I never used to have a problem with it until today.

It's funny that your McAfee software acted like that when you know who John McAfee is and what he represents. But then he sold off that company many years ago.

McAfee is a big Bitcoin and civil liberty promoter. (for those who don't know)

Dylan Morris

19:08 PM, 24th August 2020
About 2 months ago

I’m sure China have banned Bitcoin ? If so then what’s to stop any other Government doing the same. Wake up one morning and find your investment is completely worthless. Physical gold is the only way to go IMO.

Question Everything

19:22 PM, 24th August 2020
About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Dylan Morris at 24/08/2020 - 19:08
Wow, that's pretty well uninformed.

in China, BTC Transactions Are ‘Legal And Valid’, see below

https://cryptopotato.com/bitcoin-is-not-completely-banned-in-china-beijing-arbitration-commission/

And as for gold, I'm sure you know that it was made illegal for US residents to hold from about 1913 to about 1972. The government bought it from the citizens at a cut-down price and then got an international agreement to raise the price of it.

No point only holding physical gold if you have to hand it over or stash it for 60 years.... At least you can still transact with BTC outside their system.

btw, the IMF is now saying "Cryptocurrency may be the next step"

https://news.bitcoin.com/imf-cryptocurrency-evolution-of-money/

David

19:25 PM, 24th August 2020
About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Dennis Leverett at 24/08/2020 - 13:39
This could simply be the powers to be are blocking any sites that challenge their dictate, which has happened to me before. You will notice Utube and Facebook are talking down many videos so we should question everything and believe in conspiracy theories.

Question Everything

19:52 PM, 24th August 2020
About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by David at 24/08/2020 - 19:25
Yes, when I come across a video I expect to be taken down, I download it.

I have quite a collection that are now "banned".

So much for free speech.

Dennis Leverett

19:54 PM, 24th August 2020
About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by David at 24/08/2020 - 19:25
You're probably right, it was very strange how it happened and I've never had Microsoft stick their oar in. Well it's time for me to open my front door and sing Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory as loud as I can. Whatever next.

Groover

10:36 AM, 26th August 2020
About 2 months ago

Hi all,

We have problem tenant who has alcohol abuse issues, is behind in his rent and really needs help that we cannot offer to him (although I am trying to work with him through the local support structures for both housing need and alcohol abuse). In short, we really need to end the tenancy.

My question is, during the current eviction ban is there anything stopping me from serving him notice to leave? I think he has family and friends locally who would likely take him in if he were not able to find alternative accommodation.

My understanding is that if i ask him to leave and he goes willingly then that is legal. If he refuses, I have no recourse to the courts and have to wait my turn for court proceedings after the ban is lifted.

In short, if I ask him to go, am I breaking the law?

Thanks

Andy

Lee Bailey

0:13 AM, 27th August 2020
About 2 months ago

Just a curious question:

As BTL mortgages are mostly unregulated, I was of the understanding that it meant the lender can repossess after just 2 missed mortgage payments.

1) Is that correct?

2) If it is correct, then how would 6 months 'eviction notice' be possible if a landlord simply stopped paying the mortgage?

3) If the lender were to repossess so quickly, then would 4 months of tenant housing costs fall upon the landlord?

Thanks

WP

7:29 AM, 27th August 2020
About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Groover at 26/08/2020 - 10:36
in short no you are not breaking the law if you ask him and he agrees. To completely cover yourself you may want to get him to sign something on the basis of a Surrender of Tenancy. Get someone to witness this also.
If he refuses you are in for a loooooong battle as issuing a possession notice is the only legal way to go to get your property back and we all know how that process is panning out....
If he seems willing to a S of T in the offing get him to sign it asap. If not so willing then a financial incentive may be in order....this may well be better than trying to go through the courts even if he has ASBO issues as the backlog for these specific cases is NOT going to be quick.

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