Eviction Ban Extension: What Does It Mean For Landlords?
Last week, it was announced by the government that the eviction ban had been extended in England again. It was initially expected to end on 31st March 2021 but this has now been extended until at least the 31st May 2021, with the government hinting that it could be extended further.
However, there are some exemptions to the blanket ban for particularly serious circumstances. Examples of these are illegal occupation, false statement, anti-social behaviour, extreme rent arrears or where a property is unoccupied following the death of a tenant. Court rules which were introduced in the Autumn will still stay in place, meaning the court will continue to prioritise cases involving anti-social behaviour and perpetrators of domestic abuse. Sadly, for other landlords who are dealing with rent arrears this will undoubtedly result in waiting much longer to receive their court date.
As well as the extension of the eviction ban, the Section 21 notice period has again been extended to a six month period, rather than the usual two months. Previously this notice allowed a landlord to gain possession of their property by issuing two month’s notice, providing the tenancy wasn’t in the initial 4 months and the tenancy wasn’t a fixed term. However, since the Covid 19 pandemic began this has been extended to six months. As a result of this extension, it means that any notices served now could result in landlords not regaining possession until the Autumn.
Although a difficult balance to strike to ensure that landlords and tenants are protected alike during the pandemic, at Taylor & Co we were disappointed at the lack of protection the extension of this policy extends to landlords. However, regardless of the circumstances Taylor & Co are dedicated to providing their landlords with up to date advice and support and it is rare for a tenancy to end in eviction proceedings.
If you have any queries on notice periods, the eviction ban or on lettings in general, don't hesitate to contact the friendly team at Taylor & Co on 01747 416516 or firstname.lastname@example.org