Ban on rental evictions prolonged till finish of Might

The announcement means eviction notices cannot be given till 1 June 2021. The Authorities had already prolonged the ban a number of occasions earlier than extending it additional to this new deadline. For additional particulars, see our Coronavirus Finance & Payments Assist information.

Landlords are required to offer six months’ discover to tenants earlier than beginning possession proceedings, besides in probably the most severe circumstances. This implies most renters served discover from 1 June 2021 onwards can keep of their properties till at the very least 1 December 2021. The thought is to offer individuals time to search out different assist or lodging.

However exemptions to this six-month discover interval stay in some circumstances, reminiscent of unlawful occupation, anti-social behaviour and arrears of six months’ lease or extra. Right here, discover intervals differ – for instance, in the event you’ve used the property illegally you could be given rapid discover to depart, whereas in the event you’ve acquired six months of arrears you’ve 4 weeks. The short-term ban on evictions additionally does not apply in these instances, as eviction hearings restarted in England and Wales in September 2020.

Scotland and Wales launched comparable measures banning eviction orders till 31 March 2021 – although these could also be prolonged additional nonetheless – whereas in Northern Eire, landlords want to offer 12 weeks’ discover earlier than eviction.

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