Evictions Ban extended 4 weeks and 6 month notice periods until at least 31 March 2021

Evictions Ban extended 4 weeks and 6 month notice periods until at least 31 March 2021

7:56 AM, 23rd September 2020, About 2 years ago 30

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Renters affected by coronavirus will continue to be protected after the government extended the ban on evictions for another 4 weeks, meaning in total no legal evictions will have taken place for 6 months, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced on 21 August 2020.

The government also intends to give tenants greater protection from eviction over the winter by requiring landlords to provide tenants with 6 months’ notice in all bar those cases raising other serious issues such as those involving anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse perpetrators, until at least the end of March.

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

When courts do resume eviction hearings they 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.

The government has taken unprecedented action to support renters during the pandemic, preventing people getting into financial hardship and helping businesses to pay salaries – meaning no tenants have been evicted since the start.

As a result, according to independent research, 87% of tenants have continued to pay full rent since the start of the pandemic, with a further 8% agreeing reduced fees with their landlords.

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

With coronavirus still posing an ongoing risk to public health, the government will continue to take action where necessary to further protect households in both the private and social rented sector are supported over winter, helping to keep them safe.

Today’s 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 we encourage them to speak to their landlord to agree a solution, and some households may decide to consider moving.

Government will continue to work with the judiciary and stakeholders to ensure that the courts are prepared for eviction cases to be heard safely.

Housing Secretary Robert 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 6 months.

“I am also increasing protections for renters – 6 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.”

Further information

Case listing, including prioritisation, is a judicial function and we are working with the judiciary through the Master of the Rolls’ Working Group on possession to consider the categories of serious cases that would be prioritised when hearings resume. Further detail on those categories will be set out in due course and we will engage with key stakeholders on this.

Independent polling for the National Residential Landlords Association recently found that 87% of private tenants have paid their rent as normal throughout the pandemic so far. An additional 8% said that they had agreed a reduced rent, a rent-free period or made some other agreement with their landlord or letting agent.

The extension to the ban on evictions and prioritisation of the most serious case applies to courts in England and Wales

The intention to extend notice periods to 6 month applies to England only.

On 5 June the government announced that the suspension of housing possession cases in the courts had been extended by a further 2 months.

To support those on Universal Credit or Housing Benefit in the private rented sector, Local Housing Allowance rates have been set to the 30th percentile of rents in each area. For those who require additional support Discretionary Housing Payments are available.

As announced at the spending round for 2020/21 there is already £180 million in Discretionary Housing Payments for Local authorities to distribute for supporting renters with housing costs in the private and social rented sectors.

We remain committed to bringing forward reforms to provide greater security to tenants, but it is only right that this is balanced with an assurance that landlords are able to recover their properties where they have valid reasons to do so. This is vital to ensuring the future supply of good quality housing in the rented sector.

We will bring forward legislation in due course, once the urgencies of responding to the pandemic have passed, to deliver a better deal for renters and a fairer more effective rental market.



Comments

Derek t

10:29 AM, 25th September 2020, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by maggie hurst at 25/09/2020 - 08:38
😡 law is against the landlord every possible way makes me sad and angry I would have changed locks and rented out again

TrevL

20:39 PM, 27th September 2020, About 2 years ago

I've said this on other articles.....the political situation is turning against LL even more than it was pre COVID, there's too many renters at risk of eviction for even a reasonably right-wing conservative government to protect property rights...unless you own your rentals outright, or with very low gearing I would suggest taking advantage of the recent stamp duty relaxation.....and I say this as a long-time LL....the writings on the wall, Boris's government will do anything to protect their government, including adopting socialist policies.

James D

19:09 PM, 3rd December 2020, About 2 years ago

At last , following me letter to Robert Jenrick, i have a received a reply from his department. Quite a long reply, following the questions i asked, so if anyone would like a copy, feel free to forward your email and ill pass it on

terry sullivan

19:13 PM, 3rd December 2020, About 2 years ago

public sector is the problem and its gettng worse--what private business could survive if it was so inefficient?

courts should be open 10 hours a day 7 days a week--

nhs should be run as a full 24/7/52 business

terry sullivan

19:15 PM, 3rd December 2020, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by TrevL at 27/09/2020 - 20:39
boris's mob are libdims--no right wingers in cabinet for 4 decades--bliar was more to the right than camoron may and boris

terry sullivan

19:15 PM, 3rd December 2020, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by James D at 03/12/2020 - 19:09
hi, i would like a copy

tjames@doctors.org.uk

thanx

terry sullivan

19:16 PM, 3rd December 2020, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 24/09/2020 - 08:45
it wont get him votes--but the big property companies fund tories

Whiteskifreak Surrey

20:29 PM, 3rd December 2020, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by TrevL at 27/09/2020 - 20:39
We would love to sell but 6 months notice is really hard. We even would consider selling with tenants, however I ma not sure how much it would knock off the property... No idea what to do.

Whiteskifreak Surrey

20:46 PM, 3rd December 2020, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by James D at 03/12/2020 - 19:09
whiteskifreak01@gmail.com
Please kindly send the reply. Thank you.

Chris @ Possession Friend

20:53 PM, 3rd December 2020, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by James D at 03/12/2020 - 19:09
Thanks James,
Having read the diatribe from MHCLG, it gives the usual Govt spin, but contradicts itself in spewing all the support Govt have given Tenants ( None for landlords, other than to constrict their legal rights )
If the Govt have done so much to protect and support tenants, why is there a need to suspend the fair and just legal Possession process. - The answer being that the government know full well the scale of the problem is far greater than they'd care to admit. ( Not that they're in the habit of admitting anything )

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but as I posted on my facebook page yesterday, having just come off a webinar with HMCTS - a question was asked about the resumption of Possession proceedings on 11th of January, given that Lockdown, or Tier restrictions as the Govt are now calling it, are likely to continue into the Spring ( as many believe )
The response was that Ministers, MHCLG and HMCTS were 'in discussion' about the matter.

Choose to make of that as you will, and call me cynical if you wish, but I don't think the Govt intend to resume Possession proceedings on the 11th of January and unfortunately I fear the worse that an announcement shortly before will be made to that effect. For once, I hope I'm wrong. !

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