Landlords have been told by the Government that they must now give six
months' notice to their tenants which will run until March 2021.
This is in addition to the eviction ban extension, which was recently
announced, and which will now end on 20 September.
With the latest eviction ban extension of four weeks, it means there have
been no legal evictions taking place for at least six months.
And when courts do resume their eviction hearings, they will prioritise the
most serious cases involving arrears that had built-up before the Covid-19
lockdown, along with crime and anti-social behaviour.
Landlords who haven't been paid rent
However, landlords who haven't been paid rent for more than one year will
have to wait to have their case heard.
Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, said: "This year has been
challenging and it's why I'm announcing a four-week ban extension on
evictions so no renters will have been evicted for six months."
He added: "I'm also increasing the protection for renters and a six months'
notice period must now be given to tenants to help support them over
He pointed out that 'domestic abuse perpetrators' and 'anti-social
behaviour' will not be tolerated and landlords will be able to progress
these 'priority cases' when courts reopen.
The government has also revealed plans for temporary 'Nightingale courts'
in a bid to deal with the backlog of court cases.
The process for repossessing property
Now PayProp, the rental payment platform, says that the eviction ban
extension and the impact of Covid-19 means that the process for
repossessing property will be 'somewhat different when going to court'.
The firm highlights that when a landlord lodges a possession claim for
non-payment of rent or rent arrears, they will have to provide information
on their tenant's financial circumstances - and the effect the Covid-19
pandemic has had on them.
If this information is deemed to be inadequate or is not provided, the
court will have the option of adjourning the case.
Research from the National Residential Landlords' Association (NRLA),
suggests that more than 95% of tenants are either paying their rent in
full, or have agreed to defer or reduce their payments with their landlord.
Tenants who are in arrears
The research of 2,000 tenants also found that less than one-in-three of
those tenants who are in arrears, have been served with an eviction notice
by their landlord.
PayProp's Neil Cobbold said: "Evicting a tenant through the courts
following a five-month hiatus may take longer than usual after the ban is
"The government's measures suggest that it is looking to limit evictions
pursued solely for Covid-19 arrears. They also make clear the courts will
prioritise cases of extreme arrears that were accrued before the lockdown
and cases of domestic violence and antisocial behaviour."