Section: Security of Tenure

Support for renters continues with longer notice periods

Posted 13.05.21
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Housing Minister Christopher Pincher has announced renters will continue to be supported as national COVID-19 restrictions ease, with longer notice periods in place until at least October.

As part of a phased approach, notice periods - previously extended to 6 months as an emergency measure during the pandemic - will be set at four months from 1 June.

This will offer tenants continued protection throughout Step 3 and into Step 4 of the Roadmap, which will begin from 21 June at the earliest.

Subject to the public health advice and progress with the Roadmap, notice periods will return to pre-pandemic levels from 1 October.

The current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions, introduced as an emergency measure during lockdown, will end on 31 May. Bailiffs have been asked not to carry out an eviction if anyone living in the property has COVID-19 symptoms or is self-isolating.

Courts will continue to prioritise the most serious cases, such as those involving fraud or anti-social behaviour.

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