Extension of “Evictions Ban”
By James Holton
The Government has announced a four-week extension of the current protections from eviction for tenants of residential property.
The current protections have been extended so that possession claims cannot be issued by the court until at least 21 September 2020.
The Government has also announced that it is introducing a new six-month notice period for possession notices which will remain in place until at least 31 March 2021.
When possession proceedings re-start, the judiciary will carefully prioritise the most serious cases including those involving anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse.
The Government hopes that the majority of landlords and tenants will work together to arrange payment plans where a tenant is currently unable to pay their rent due to COVID-19.
Further details of the latest extension and new six-month notice period are expected to be published shortly.
With the temporary provisions remaining in place for at least another month, landlords should seek early advice so that they are ready to take prompt action which may include service of the appropriate notices so that they are ready to issue proceedings when the stay on the issuing of claims is lifted.
Butcher & Barlow has a full-service property group including a specialist Property Dispute Resolution department.
James Holton is a Legal 500-ranked landlord and tenant specialist who can be contacted on 01606 334309 or firstname.lastname@example.org.