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EVICTIONS BAN EXTENDED!

Last week, it was announced that the ban on evictions has been extended for another 4 weeks! As well as this, the government have also introduced a 6 month notice period which is set to be in place until at least 31 March 2021!

The main takeaways from Friday’s news are:

  • Ban on evictions continues for 4 weeks taking the total ban to 6 months

  • New 6 month notice periods to be in place until at least 31 March 2021

  • Once eviction hearings restart, the judiciary will carefully prioritise the most serious cases including those involving anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse

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Renters who have been affected by coronavirus will continue to be protected after the government extended the ban on evictions for at least another 4 weeks – meaning in total no legal evictions will have taken place for 6 months!

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced on Friday (21 August 2020):

The government has also said that it intends to give tenants greater protection from eviction over the winter months, 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.

It’s been stated that when the courts do resume eviction hearings, that they will carefully prioritise the most horrific 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 said to have 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.