Ministers have extended the ban on landlords evicting tenants in England and Wales until 20 September, due to being worried that thousands of people could potentially be left homeless.
In most scenarios, tenants will also get six months’ notice if their landlord plans to evict them.
Landlords who were seeking to evict tenants for non-payment of rent at the end of this period will continue to face challenges for quite some time. However, it is important to remember that tenants are still liable for rent during this period and therefore will accumulate the sum of arrears.
Prior to the pandemic, notice of eviction was generally two months.
Speak to your tenants to see if you can come to an agreement
The Government has recommended that where tenants are facing financial problems as a consequence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the parties should work together to use all possible routes (e.g. flexible payment plans to take into reason separate situations before resorting to the courts).
In the interim, a working group has been put together to reflect on relevant matters for when the current stay on possession proceedings is taken away, involving the preparation of the courts for the lifting of the stay and how to support the parties in litigation.
It is yet unknown whether the Government will impose additional protections for tenants who have accumulated up rent arrears to stop an outbreak of eviction proceedings once the ban has been lifted.
The above reflects guidance as at 21st August 2020. It is essential that readers check the latest Government advice for further updates.
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