On Friday, The Government announced a last-minute extension of the eviction ban in England and Wales, which will now last until mid-September, amid warnings that thousands of renters could lose their homes when the ban ends.
Renters have been protected during the coronavirus crisis by a ban on evictions, which was brought in in March and extended in June.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick says: “I know this year has been challenging and all of us are still living with the effects of COVID-19. That is why today I am announcing a further four week ban on evictions, meaning no renters will have been evicted for six months.
“I am also increasing protections for renters – six month notice periods must be given to tenants, supporting renters over winter.
Landlords however have condemned the government’s COVID-19 eviction ban and its extension, saying it does not take into account how property owners could themselves fall victim to the economic fallout from the pandemic. Until further guidance is issued, landlords may be left in the dark and unable to plan the next steps needed to move their cases through the courts. Rent arrears will continue to mount up and they will also be powerless to address some cases of anti-social behaviour that cannot be resolved any other way.
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