As March’s lockdown began, some people saw their circumstances change so the government announced a ban on evictions to make sure that no tenants would be forced to leave their rental homes during this difficult time.
The government has now announced a change to the minimum notice periods tenants receive for evictions and this rule will be in place in England until at least 31 March 2021. The notice period of eviction is now extended to six months.
Notices served on and before August 28 are not affected by these changes, and must be at least three months.
There are exceptions to the rule where in extreme circumstances the notice period may be short than six months such as –
4 weeks notice for anti-social behaviour
2-4 weeks notice for domestic abuse
2-4 weeks notice for false statement
4 weeks notice for over six months’ accumulated rent arrears
3 months for breach of immigration rules ‘Right to Rent’
In march, eviction hearings were banned in courts in England and Wales and this has now been extended again until 20 September. In addition, new court rules have been agreed, which will come into force on September 20th meaning landlords will need to set out in their claim any information about the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tenant’s circumstances.