You are here: Home - Mortgages - Buy To Let - News -

Tenant eviction notice period extended six months

Written by: Shekina Tuahene
The notice period to evict tenants from their homes has been extended until March next year following emergency legislation to support renters affected by the pandemic through the colder months.

This is part of a ‘winter truce’ announced by the government to protect tenants over the Christmas period and bailiffs will be ordered to not enforce possession orders during this time. 

Exceptions to this will be circumstances where tenants display anti-social behaviour, have committed fraud or where the landlord wants to re-let to another tenant, housing secretary Robert Jenrick said. 

Additionally, if a property is in an area where a local lockdown has been imposed, evictions will not be enforced by bailiffs. 

For previous evictions that were suspended for six months due to the coronavirus, possession hearings will resume from 21 September. 

The courts will prioritise cases which involve crimes or extreme rent arrears which would leave landlords with unmanageable debts. 

Cases from before 3 August will not immediately proceed to a hearing but instead, will need to be reactivated by the landlord before being subjected to a review for a new hearing. 

Landlords must provide the courts and judges with information of how tenants have been impacted by the pandemic. If this information is not given, judges will have the authority to adjourn a hearing until evidence is supplied. 

This legislation applies to properties in England and Wales. 

Jenrick said: “We have protected renters during the pandemic by banning evictions for six months – the longest eviction ban in the UK. To further support renters we have increased notice periods to six months, an unprecedented measure to help keep people in their homes over the winter months. 

“It’s right that we strike a balance between protecting vulnerable renters and ensuring landlords whose tenants have behaved in illegal or anti-social ways have access to justice. Our legislation means such cases will be subject to shorter notice periods and then prioritised through the judiciary’s new court processes.” 

Alicia Kennedy, director at Generation Rent, said: “It is welcome that renters will not face eviction by bailiffs around Christmas or where there are lockdown measures. But outside that, thousands of renters who have had eviction notices during the pandemic still have no assurance from the government whether they can stay in their home.

“Those who have lost income will find it difficult to find a new home so face many months of uncertainty, getting deeper into debt. The government must offer them more support than a Discretionary Housing Payment pot that was set up before the pandemic hit.”

There are 0 Comment(s)

If you wish to comment without signing in, click your cursor in the top box and tick the 'Sign in as a guest' box at the bottom.

Everything you wanted to know about ISAs…but were afraid to ask

The new tax year is less than a fortnight away and for ISA savers or investors, it’s hugely important. If yo...

Your right to a refund if travel is affected by train strikes

There have been a wave of train strikes in the past six months, and for anyone travelling today Friday 3 Febru...

Could you save money with a social broadband tariff?

Two-thirds of low-income households are unaware they could be saving on broadband, according to Uswitch.

What will happen if rates change

How your finances will be impacted by a rise in interest rates.

Regular Savings Calculator

Small regular contributions can build up nicely over time.

Online Savings Calculator

Work out how your online savings can build over time.

DIY investors: 10 common mistakes to avoid

For those without the help and experience of an adviser, here are 10 common DIY investor mistakes to avoid.

Mortgage down-valuations: Tips to avoid pulling out of a house sale

Down-valuations are on the rise. So, what does it mean for home buyers, and what can you do?

Five tips for surviving a bear market mauling

The S&P 500 has slipped into bear market territory and for UK investors, the FTSE 250 is also on the edge. Her...

Money Tips of the Week