The government have announced that the six-month notice periods and the ban on bailiff evictions in England is to be extended.
The announcement also confirmed that the ban on commercial evictions is also extended.
For residential premises, the requirement for a landlord to give six months notice (in most cases – some exceptions apply) is extended until at least 31 May 2021.
In addition, the ban on bailiff enforced evictions is extended until 31 May 2021 too.
For commercial, the ban on evictions is extended until 30 June 2021.
The press release says:
Residential tenants will also be supported as the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in all but the most serious circumstances – such as incidents of fraud or domestic abuse – and the requirement for landlords to provide 6-month notice periods to tenants before they evict will also be extended until at least 31 May.
This will ensure residents in both the private and social sector can stay in their homes and have enough time to find alternative accommodation or support as we move through the roadmap.
It’s unclear what will happen after 31 May, but the press release says this is being considered:
Ensuring that renters remain protected until the end of May, whilst national restrictions remain in place will align with the broader strategy for protecting public health and will continue to help reduce pressure on essential public services as we start to move out of lockdown. The government will consider the best approach to move away from emergency protections from the beginning of June, taking into account public health advice and the wider roadmap.
There doesn’t appear to be any change to the length of a section 8 notice period based upon grounds nor, despite the ban on evictions, certain evictions can still continue.
The requirement to give six months notice applies to a section 21 notice and in most cases for a section 8 notice. There are lessor notice periods for some section 8 grounds including anti-social behaviour and arrears of at least 6 months.
Likewise, there are exemptions to the evictions ban which include anti-social behaviour or rent arrears of more than six months.
It is likely that Wales will follow soon.
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